Roland Martin calls Trump’s shutdown a “waste of time.” Nothing was achieved, he still doesn’t have his wall and thousands of families have been hurt. Martin talks to Representative Hakeem Jeffries who feels like the shutdown ended for a few reasons. One of those reasons being that “his base was even turning on him because of […]

Donald Trump and a number of his close associates and partners lack empathy. This was seen during the government shutdown when they said things like “just take out a loan” an compared the shutdown to “a  little bit of pain.” These people are so far removed from reality and they really are incapable of feeling […]


WASHINGTON (AP) — A splintered Senate swatted down competing Democratic and Republican plans for ending the 34-day partial government shutdown on Thursday, but the twin setbacks prompted a burst of bipartisan talks aimed at temporarily halting the longest-ever closure of federal agencies and the damage it’s inflicting around the country. In the first serious exchange […]


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday night he is postponing his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends, yielding after a weeklong showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Following a high-stakes game of dare and double-dare, Trump conceded that “no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and […]


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s proposal to break through the budget deadlock appeared to be gaining little traction Monday, as another missed paycheck loomed for hundreds of thousands of workers and the partial federal shutdown stretched into its fifth week. Despite the fanfare of the president’s announcement, voting in Congress was not expected to […]

Where do we currently stand on the government shutdown?  As of today, the federal government has been partially shutdown for 31 days and counting – the longest stretch in history. While most of us know about the shutdown, not everyone understands how it is playing out for workers, for millions of Americans who rely on […]

We’re well into week three of the government shutdown and it hurts Russ to see so many Americans hurting. But, unfortunately the president doesn’t seem to care about the lives that he’s affecting. It seems like he’s so focused on getting his way so that he can have a “legacy.” But, even if he gets […]


The partial government shutdown is a double-whammy for Cara and Philip Mangone, a married couple from Philadelphia. Both are officers with the Transportation Safety Administration, both working full time at the Philadelphia airport. Neither knows when they might again start drawing their paychecks. Part-time jobs are out of the question — they work opposite shifts […]


(THE CONVERSATION) With the U.S. federal government shutdown now the longest in history, it’s important to understand what a shutdown means for the health and safety of Americans. The good news is that in the short run, the consequences are relatively few. But, as a researcher who studies natural disaster planning, I believe that Americans […]


ATLANTA (AP) — The number of airport security screeners failing to show up for work around the country is soaring as the partial government shutdown goes into its fourth week. No-shows among screeners jumped Sunday and again Monday, when the Transportation Security Administration reported a national absence rate of 7.6 percent compared with 3.2 percent […]

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As of midnight on Saturday, January 12, the current partial shutdown of the U.S. government became the longest of its kind in history. Even though 7 in 10 Americans call the shutdown “embarrassing” and believe it will hurt the country and the economy, political leaders on both sides seem unwilling to give in. Here’s how […]


WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican lawmaker advising President Donald Trump said he is encouraging the president to reopen the government for several weeks to continue negotiating with Democrats over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall before the president takes the more drastic step of declaring a national emergency. But that may be wishful thinking, given […]