The lead Democratic negotiator on immigration doesn’t see a path forward

The shutdown needs a solution on DACA. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) sounds doubtful they’ll ever get one. Walking to the Capitol Building Saturday evening, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill), the lead Democratic immigration negotiator, surrounded by congressional aides, appeared exhausted and despondent. “I honestly don’t know what is going on,” he told Vox. He said he hadn’t seen Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for hours. The government spending deadline elapsed at midnight, and the shutdown had…

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The immigration debate at the center of the government shutdown, explained

The shutdown won’t be resolved without an immigration breakthrough. It looks shaky. President Donald Trump sits at the center of the fight to re-open the federal government, and it’s posing a major problem. “Negotiating with President Trump is like negotiating with Jell-O,” Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on the Senate floor on the first day of the government shutdown. Republicans and Democrats are stuck in a standoff over the future of the Deferred…

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The Women’s March showed its power on a day Donald Trump’s presidency stood still

The Women’s March marks a year of wide-ranging activism on the day the federal government shut down. People are packing up their cars, loading up subway stations, and hopping on busses to head to Women’s March events in towns and cities across the country. Since last year, feminists and their allies have come together under the Women’s March banner to protest both issues like the gender pay gap and Trump administration initiatives, like the president’s…

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The far-right chose virtue signaling over legislating. That caused a shutdown.

Immigration restrictionists killed any chance at a compromise. On Thursday, I wrote that President Trump’s remarks on immigration from “shithole” countries was emblematic of a larger, more pervasive, and more dangerous viewpoint on the intersection of immigration and race: Trump isn’t just expressing what some conservatives view as “politically incorrect” sentiments. He — and, importantly, members of his staff — is embracing what used to be a fringe theory held by the furthest of the…

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Report: House Ethics Committee member used taxpayer money to settle sexual misconduct complaint

Rep. Patrick Meehan reportedly paid a former aide thousands of dollars to settle a sexual misconduct case. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), a member of the House Ethics Committee who has positioned himself as a leader in fighting sexual harassment, used taxpayer money to settle his own sexual misconduct case, according to a report in the New York Times on Saturday. Meehan, a Pennsylvania Republican, used thousands of dollars from an office account to settle a…

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Lindsey Graham seems like the only person trying to fix the government shutdown

Nobody else is making a deal. But Graham has a big problem standing in his way. Right now, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina looks like the only lawmaker in Congress trying to make a deal that would reopen the federal government. In the Senate Friday night, in a desperate but ultimately failed attempt to avert a government shutdown, Graham was the main character. He had started the evening shuttling between Senate Majority Leader Mitch…

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Here’s how the government shutdown ends

Federal workers will go back to work eventually — but it might be a while before they get their paychecks. The United States federal government shut down at 12:01 am on Saturday as Republicans and Democrats remain in a standoff over the spending bill. But how it the shutdown end? Essentially, Congress has to reach a deal on a spending bill, which it hasn’t been able to do yet. The government has official shut down…

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CDC employees say they’ve received no specific guidance on what to do in the shutdown

That’s bad. Mere hours before Congress failed to reach a budget deal and the government shutdown, officials who protect the nation’s health said they had received no official guidance on what to do in the event of a government shutdown. Staffers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Vox (on the condition of anonymity out of fear for their jobs) that they’d heard nothing about what specific protocols to follow if the government…

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Why Trump’s approval rating could prove very important in the shutdown fight

The party that suffers at the polls will be more likely to cave on DACA. Over the past month, there’s been an unusual trend in Donald Trump’s approval rating: it’s gone up by a few points from its usually dismal status. Now, does the new government shutdown that began at midnight put that improvement at risk? Or could it end up improving Trump’s rating even more? As hackishly political as such concerns may seem, they’ll…

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What the government shutdown means for the nation’s top public health agencies

The shutdown comes amid one of the deadliest seasonal flu epidemics in recent memory. The US Congress and the White House didn’t agree on a new budget by midnight Friday, and now the US government is official shut down. That means all “nonessential” federal employees and programs will not be able to do their jobs. What’s particularly concerning are the tens of thousands of them who work at the agencies responsible for public health —…

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