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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,...

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

    How Trump Could Escape the Shutdown Trap

    By Michael Rainey

    Congress left town Thursday for a five-day weekend with no clear plans for how to avoid a partial government shutdown next week. Democrats said they were waiting for Republicans to make a move,...

  • A worker stands next to a newly built section of the U.S.-Mexico border fence at Sunland Park, U.S. opposite the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez

    Trump's Claim That 'Mexico Is Paying for the Wall!' Leaves Experts Stumped

    By Michael Rainey

    President Trump returned to a favorite claim about who would pay for the border wall in a tweet Thursday: Sen. Chuck Schumer replied with a tweet of his own: "Mr. President: If you say Mexico is...

  • U.S. President Trump participates in tour of U.S.-Mexico border wall prototypes near Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, California

    Boxed In by Trump, GOP Hurtles Toward a Shutdown

    By Michael Rainey

    House Republicans considered moving forward with a bill that would have given President Trump the $5 billion he has demanded for border wall construction, but it looks like they’re leaving town...

  • Moody’s Warns of Declining US Fiscal Strength

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    Trump’s tax cuts combined with a slowing economy will diminish the United States’ “fiscal strength” over the next 10 years, Moody’s Investor Service said Wednesday. The gradual decline could pressure...

  • U.S. President Trump meets with Schumer and Pelosi at the White House in Washington

    What’s at Stake in the Government Shutdown Fight

    Tuesday’s stunningly contentious meeting between President Trump and Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer did nothing to dissipate the uncertainty over a partial government shutdown at...

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