Monday, January 07, 2019

TRUMP SHUTDOWN - Shutdown Showdown

"Why this government shutdown represents a ‘historic first’" PBS NewsHour 1/2/2019


SUMMARY:  It's day 12 of the partial government shutdown.  President Trump met with congressional leaders Wednesday afternoon, the day before Democrats take control of the House, to reiterate that affected government agencies would remain closed as long as it takes to deliver the border wall funding he wants.  For more on the significance of this unprecedented shutdown, Judy Woodruff talks to Lisa Desjardins.

"White House: Trump made ‘good faith offer’ to Democrats on border wall" PBS NewsHour 1/2/2019


SUMMARY:  The White House director of strategic communications says President Trump proposed a plan to Democrats to fund a southern border wall and resolve the partial government shutdown, but they "refused to negotiate."  A Wednesday meeting hasn't yet led to a solution.  Mercedes Schlapp speaks to Judy Woodruff about the funding number the President will accept and why a “physical barrier” is necessary now.

"Hoyer: Democrats support border security, not taking the government ‘hostage’" PBS NewsHour 1/2/2019


SUMMARY:  House Democrats are “prepared to negotiate” with President Trump on border security, said incoming majority leader Rep. [D-Md] Steny Hoyer, but they don’t want the government, or the country, to be “penalized” in the meantime.  Hoyer talks to Judy Woodruff about agreeing with the President on the end goal of border security, but not on how to achieve it.

"Federal workers’ union calls government shutdown ‘unconscionable’" PBS NewsHour 1/2/2019


SUMMARY:  The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is suing the Trump administration, arguing that it's illegal to force 400,000 federal employees to work without pay.  According to J. David Cox, the President of the union, the Fair Labor Standards Act and legal precedent support his organization's stance.  Cox sits down with Judy Woodruff to explain why he finds the shutdown "unconscionable."

"Held up by the shutdown: Immigration hearings, FCC complaints, D.C.  marriage licenses" PBS NewsHour 1/3/2019


SUMMARY:  With all the attention on the showdown between Congress and the President, it’s easy to be distracted from the everyday impact of the government shutdown.  Judy Woodruff explains some of these repercussions; from delayed immigration hearings to unresolved FCC complaints, to unavailable D.C. marriage licenses.

"Shutdown talks to continue after President, congressional leaders fail to reach a deal" PBS NewsHour 1/4/2019


SUMMARY:  President Trump called a Friday meeting with congressional leaders "productive," but it doesn't seem to have moved the government shutdown closer to a conclusion.  The President also said he might declare a national emergency to build a border wall if Congress won't provide the funding he seeks.  Meanwhile, Americans feel the shutdown's painful impact.  Judy Woodruff talks to Lisa Desjardins.

Our Dictator speaks.

"Held up by the shutdown: Aid to farmers, IPO filings, trash collection at national parks" PBS NewsHour 1/4/2019


SUMMARY:  Effects of the federal government's partial shutdown are rippling across the country.  With USDA offices closed, farmers can't apply for loans or the federal aid President Trump pledged to offset losses from the trade war with China.  IPO filings are delayed while the SEC is closed, and lack of trash collection has closed down the campground at Joshua Tree National Park.  Judy Woodruff reports.

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