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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 21:47:52 -0500
Furloughed federal workers may lose some health benefits: U.S. senators
  Four U.S. senators expressed concern on Wednesday that federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown could lose their dental and vision health insurance benefits if they are unable to pay their premiums.


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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 21:19:52 -0500
Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen postpones testimony to Congress, citing 'threats'
  President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is postponing his Feb. 7 testimony to the U.S. Congress because of threats against his family from Trump, his adviser said on Wednesday.


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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 21:19:52 -0500
House Oversight chief Cummings vows to obtain Cohen testimony
  Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the powerful U.S. House Oversight Committee, said on Wednesday that his panel would take steps to get testimony from Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to Republican President Donald Trump.


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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 21:18:14 -0500
Trump lawyer Cohen expected at oversight, intelligence panels
  The leaders of the House oversight and intelligence committees said on Wednesday they expect President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen to testify before both panels, despite his decision to postpone his Feb. 7 appearance, citing threats against his family from Trump.


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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 20:31:46 -0500
House tax panel cancels hearing on shutdown impact
  The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives tax committee said on Wednesday he had canceled a hearing on the impact of the partial government shutdown on the Internal Revenue Service and the federal tax season because Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declined to attend.


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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:45:54 -0500
Locked out of House by Pelosi, Trump vows State of Union alternative
  U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would hold an alternative event to the State of the Union address after Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi barred him from speaking in the House of Representatives until the partial government shutdown ends.


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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:37:11 -0500
Democrats push technology as alternative to Trump wall in shutdown impasse
  Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives floated the idea on Wednesday of ending a partial U.S. government shutdown by giving President Donald Trump most or all of the money he seeks for security along the Mexican border but for items other than the wall he wants.


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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:04:29 -0500
Gay Indiana mayor joins field of Democratic presidential hopefuls
  Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, launched an underdog 2020 bid for the White House on Wednesday, aiming to stand out as a problem-solving Midwestern outsider who would be the first openly gay nominee of a major U.S. political party.


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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:41:25 -0500
Senate Democrats question offshore drilling work amid shutdown
  U.S. Senate Democrats are questioning the legal basis of the Trump administration's move to continue work on its five-year offshore drilling plan during the partial federal government shutdown.


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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:40:18 -0500
U.S. agency to extend some benefits to unpaid airport screeners
  The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said on Wednesday it will extend some benefits to 51,000 airport security screeners who are not being paid during a partial government shutdown and are looking for ways to offer some financial assistance.


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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:07:55 -0500
Trump wants to do alternative to State of the Union address
  President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would do an alternative event to the traditional State of the Union address before the U.S. Congress after House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent him a letter that her chamber would not sign off on the annual speech during the partial government shutdown.


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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 15:00:13 -0500
House Speaker Pelosi blocks Trump speech until government reopens
  U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday informed President Donald Trump that he will not be allowed to deliver an annual State of the Union address in the House chamber until a partial government shutdown ends.


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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 13:18:11 -0500
Factbox: Impact on U.S. government widens on 33rd day of shutdown
  The longest U.S. government shutdown in history reached its 33rd day on Wednesday with most of the 800,000 employees who have been furloughed or are working without pay poised to miss their second paychecks.


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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:41:46 -0500
House Democrats to investigate White House security clearances
  A House of Representatives oversight panel said on Wednesday it would investigate the White House security clearance process, including questions about unreported Russian contacts involving President Donald Trump's son-in-law and national security aides.


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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 11:27:14 -0500
House Democrats to discuss additional border security funds: Hoyer
  Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Wednesday that House Democrats would be discussing "substantial sums of additional money" for border security as a partial government shutdown stretches into its 33rd day.


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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 10:59:39 -0500
No. 3 House Democrat floats possible $5.7 billion in border funding
  The No. 3 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday raised the possibility of approving $5.7 billion in funding to secure the U.S. border though various means but not by building a wall.


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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 10:01:10 -0500
White House adviser plays down U.S. credit risk over shutdown
  White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said on Wednesday he did not see any risk of a credit downgrade for the United States amid the partial government shutdown because the country's overall economy remained strong.


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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 09:47:59 -0500
White House adviser Hassett confident U.S., China can reach trade deal by March
  White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said on Wednesday he believed the United States and China could reach a trade deal by a March 1 deadline.


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Tue, 22 Jan 2019 22:33:09 -0500
Senate to vote on ending government shutdown, Trump wall impasse
  The U.S. Senate shifted slightly closer on Tuesday to resolving a month-long partial government shutdown, but there was no sign of relief anytime soon for 800,000 federal workers who are furloughed or working without pay.


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Tue, 22 Jan 2019 21:15:39 -0500
U.S. courts have funds to operate through Jan. 31: statement
  U.S. federal courts can operate through Jan. 31 despite a partial government shutdown, but warned they will not have funds to operate as normal beyond Feb. 1, officials said in a statement on Tuesday.


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