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  • A sign on the National Mall tells visitors of the closures do to the federal government shutdown in Washington

    Why Some Conservatives Love the Shutdown

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    The Washington Post reports that the prolonged shutdown is giving some small-government conservatives who have the president’s ear just what they’ve long wanted: a smaller government and a chance to...

  • National Zoo closed in due to the partial government shutdown in Washington

    Shutdown Could Be Twice as Costly as White House Estimated

    By Michael Rainey

    The Trump administration has raised its estimate of the cost to the economy from the shutdown, CNBC’s Steve Liesman reported Tuesday. White House economists had initially weighed the effect of 800,...

  • News: College Football Playoff National Championship-Clemson White House Visit

    Trump Fails to Crack Democratic Unity on Shutdown

    Even lunch is an issue. As the partial government shutdown stretches toward its 26 th day, the White House tried to bypass Democratic leadership by inviting rank-and-file House Democrats to lunch...

  • U.S. President Trump departs after addressing National Farm Bureau Federation's 100th convention in New Orleans, Louisiana

    Why Trump Thinks He’s Winning the Shutdown Fight

    Here’s your shutdown update in one word: Stuck. The partial government shutdown is now heading for its 25th day, four days longer than the previous record, and both sides remain firmly dug in on...

  • A pharmacist holds prescription painkiller OxyContin, 40mg pills, made by Purdue Pharma L.D.  at a local pharmacy

    House Democrats to Investigate Drug Prices

    By Michael Rainey

    A key House investigative committee announced Monday that it was launching a wide-ranging investigation into the pricing practices of 12 major pharmaceutical companies, including Amgen, Eli Lilly,...

  • U.S. President Trump arrives for an agriculture bill signing in Washington

    Trump Blows Up Budget Deal as Shutdown Looms

    By Michael Rainey

    A government shutdown at midnight Friday is looking more likely. Following a meeting Thursday at the White House, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said President Trump will not sign the latest short-...

  • FILE PHOTO: Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney speaks to the media at the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where he began work earlier in the day after being named acting director by U.S. President Donald Trump

    No Name Change for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    By Michael Rainey

    It looks like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is sticking with its name. Back in March, former acting CFPB chief Mick Mulvaney – who is now serving as President Trump’s acting White House...

  • FILE PHOTO:  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks at a Harden County Republican party fundraiser in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, U.S. on June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston/File Photo

    McConnell’s Plan to Avoid a Shutdown

    By Michael Rainey

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday introduced a short-term spending bill that would avert a partial government shutdown at midnight on Friday. The bill which would keep the...

  • U.S. President Donald Trump holds a space astronaut toy as he participates in a signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive at the White House in Washington D.C.

    Trump Orders Pentagon to Create Space Command

    By Michael Rainey

    President Trump on Tuesday directed the Department of Defense to create Space Command, a new unified combat command focused on space that is meant to lay the groundwork for a proposed Space Force...

  • Trump holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington

    Trump Signals He’s Ready to Back Down in Border Wall Fight

    By Michael Rainey

    The Trump administration appeared to pull back from the shutdown brink Tuesday, with White House press secretary Sarah Sanders saying the administration won’t demand $5 billion for border wall...

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