At long last, Congress has apparently reached a grand bargain to improve border security, lessen mass incarceration of migrants, and avert a shutdown. The deal would give President Donald Trump just $1.3 billion for barriers at the border, plus $1.7 trillion for other border security measures and humanitarian aid, while reducing the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention beds by 17 percent.
'Garbage compromise': Trump's conservative allies are leaning on him to reject bipartisan border security deal — and trigger another shutdown
On Thursday, members of Congress from both parties announced they had a tentative working deal on border security.
Trump reveals his utter ignorance of real life by claiming unpaid federal workers can get groceries without any money
On Thursday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was roundly excoriated for saying on CNBC that he doesn't understand why federal employees can't just take out short-term loans to pay for food while they go unpaid due to President Donald Trump's government shutdown, apparently either not aware that 80 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck.
Trump has actual plans for a bogus national emergency declaration as his botched shutdown tactic goes down in flames: CNN
On Thursday, CNN reported that the White House is preparing a draft order for President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency along the southern border, divert $7 billion from the Treasury, Pentagon, and Department of Homeland Security, and direct the Army Corps of Engineers to construct a border wall on seized private land:
Top CEOs warn shutdowns and low immigration are stunting research, technology and US competitiveness
On Wednesday, the Business Roundtable, a collection of top CEOs chaired by JPMorgan Chase head Jamie Dimon, issued a report warning about the future of U.S. innovation and global competitiveness, focusing on the lack of American investment in research and development as other countries like China pull ahead. The report warns the U.S. "has grown complacent — resting on legacy achievements while underinvesting in the drivers and enablers needed to build on these achievements in the future."
Once upon a time, President Donald Trump was so confident that the threat of a government shutdown would bend Congress to his will on the border wall that he told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), directly on camera, "I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck ... I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I'm not going to blame you for it."
IRS employees are skipping work in droves as Trump's shutdown threatens to derail tax refunds: report
President Donald Trump's shutdown over his border wall has jeopardized the pay of 800,000 federal employees, with increasingly serious consequences. One particularly visible effect is the increasing number of TSA agents reportedly calling in sick — some 10 percent of personnel — leading to long lines at major airports.
The Supreme Court just obliterated Trump's 'compromise' shutdown deal hours after the GOP released it
President Donald Trump's latest offer to temporarily extend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and temporary protected status (TPS) for Central American refugees in return for his $5.7 billion border wall was always dead on arrival. It didn't include Democrats' input and ignored their key demand to open the government before negotiations. It did nothing for Democrats except temporarily extend two programs Trump killed by executive decree in the first place. And the current version of the bill, introduced on Monday evening, essentially destroys the system of applying for legal asylum in the United States.
On Saturday, President Donald Trump gave a speech to the nation, announcing his idea of a compromise to end the government shutdown he started in an attempt to bully Congress into giving him the money for his border wall. His basic pitch: give me the full $5.7 billion I demanded, and I will issue a three-year extension of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and temporary protected status (TPS) for Central American refugees.
On Thursday, the Boston Globe published remarks from an interview with Gary Cohn, President Donald Trump's former economic adviser, in which he blasted the president's federal government shutdown over the border wall and suggested that the White House had no sensible exit strategy from the situation:
President Donald Trump's government shutdown is approaching a month long as he continues to desperately hold out for his unpopular border wall, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) continues to block any bill that would reopen the government without funding for the project.