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  • President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he meets U.S. political and military leaders during an unannounced visit to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq December 26, 2018.

    The plan comes as Trump faces pressure to end the partial government shutdown that has inflicted financial pain on government workers and disrupted services from food inspection to airport security.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- As the partial U.S. government shutdown hit the four-week mark on Friday, tensions mounted in Washington on either side of the standoff over President Donald Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to help fund a U.S.- Mexico border wall. The Senate was expected to reconvene on Friday, but its exact plans were unsettled. After House Speaker Nancy...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- As the partial U.S. government shutdown hit the four-week mark on Friday, tensions mounted in Washington on either side of the standoff over President Donald Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to help fund a U.S.- Mexico border wall. The Senate was expected to reconvene on Friday, but its exact plans were unsettled. The Republican-controlled...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 17- The U.S. House of Representatives backed legislation on Thursday to keep sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, including aluminum firm Rusal, but the Trump administration is expected to lift them as soon as Friday. But the vote was only symbolic, after a similar measure failed in the Republican-led Senate on...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 16- In a victory for President Donald Trump, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected legislation to keep sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, including aluminum firm Rusal. That result fell short of the 60 votes necessary to advance to a final passage vote in the 100- member Senate, where Republicans have a 53-47 seat...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 16- In a victory for President Donald Trump, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected legislation to keep sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, including aluminum firm Rusal. That result fell short of the 60 votes necessary to advance to a final passage vote in the 100- member Senate, where Republicans have a 53-47 seat...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 16- Legislation to keep sanctions in place on companies that have been controlled by the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, including the giant aluminum firm Rusal, stalled in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, a victory for President Donald Trump. That result fell short of the 60 votes necessary to advance to a final passage vote in the 100- member Senate,...

  • Fast food workers and supporters protest in Herald Square to raise the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 dollars an hour. 

    The Democratic proposal to hike the U.S. minimum wage to $15 per hour from the current $7.25 will likely fail in the GOP-held Senate.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 15- The U.S. economy is taking a larger-than-expected hit from the partial government shutdown, White House estimates showed on Tuesday, as contractors and even the Coast Guard go without pay and talks to end the impasse seemed stalled. Trump insists Congress shell out $5.7 billion for wall funding this year, as about 800,000 federal workers go...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 15- The U.S. economy is taking a larger-than-expected hit from the partial government shutdown, White House estimates showed on Tuesday, as contractors and even the Coast Guard go without pay and talks to end the impasse seemed stalled. The shutdown dragged into its 25th day on Tuesday with neither Trump nor Democratic congressional leaders...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 15- The second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday he would ask the Treasury Department to delay the lifting of sanctions on companies tied to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska until Feb. 28 to give Congress time to review the decision. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters he would call Treasury...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 15- The U.S. economy is taking a larger-than-expected hit from the partial government shutdown, White House estimates showed on Tuesday, as congressional Democrats rejected President Donald Trump's invitation to discuss the issue. Trump invited a bipartisan group of members of Congress for lunch at 12:30 p.m. EST to discuss the standoff but...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 15- President Donald Trump will meet members of Congress at the White House on Tuesday as the partial U.S. government shutdown enters a 25th day without resolution amid a standoff over border wall funding. Neither Trump nor Democratic leaders in Congress have shown signs of bending on wall funding but the Washington Post on Monday reported a new...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 15- President Donald Trump will meet members of Congress at the White House later on Tuesday as the partial U.S. government shutdown enters a 25th day without resolution amid a standoff over border wall funding. Representatives for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Trump, who has demanded $5.7 billion from...

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 09: Passengers wait in a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) line at JFK airport on January 09, 2019 in New York City. Its been reported that hundreds of TSA screeners and agents have called in sick from their shifts from a number of major airports as the partial government shutdown continues.

    The main airports of Miami and Houston shut security checkpoints after more TSA officers, working without paychecks, called in sick, as the partial government shutdown became the longest ever.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 10- As the partial U.S. government shutdown neared the end of its 20th day, President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats remained divided over his demands for funding a U.S.- Mexico border wall, with a prompt resolution looking unlikely. Under the Constitution, Congress holds the power to make decisions about spending U.S. taxpayers' money.

  • As an airliner prepares to land, a bird takes off at the Gravelly Point park that's just off the end of the runway near Reagan National Airport.

    The aviation industry urged President Trump and lawmakers on Thursday to end the government shutdown, complaining that the impasse is impeding them from launching new jets, routes and safety inspections due to furloughed federal workers.

  • President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he departs for a visit to the U.S. southern border area in Texas from the White House in Washington, January 10, 2019.

    On Day 20 of the government shutdown, Trump shows no signs of relenting on his demand for more than $5 billion to build a border barrier.

  • President Donald Trump talks to reporters as Vice President Mike Pence looks on as the president departs after addressing a closed Senate Republican policy lunch while a partial government shutdown enters its 19th day on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 9, 2019.

    The breakdown in negotiations over border wall funding appeared to heighten the possibility that Trump might declare a national emergency.

  • President Donald Trump speaks to reporters with Vice President Mike Pence at his side as he arrives to address a closed Senate Republican policy lunch as a partial government shutdown entered its 19th day on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 9, 2019.

    Trump met with the Senate GOP caucus on the 19th day of the closure as a few senators have started to break with their party in the president's immigration spat.