Tag: Shutdowns (Institutional)

The Great American Cardboard Comeback

COMBINED LOCKS, Wis. — As he watched the No. 7 paper machine hiss and hum for what he thought was the last time, Rick Strick felt a lump well in his throat. It was Sept. 21, 2017, and the paper mill that had employed Mr. Strick, his father and his grandfather was shutting down after […]

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How Mitch McConnell Enables Trump

Among the casualties of President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build his border wall is the reputation of the majority leader Mitch McConnell as a Senate institutionalist. The evidence of the last few days has confirmed, if there were still any doubt, that he is no such thing. […]

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Payless Shoes to Shut All U.S. Stores and Wind Down Online Operation

Payless ShoeSource, a once-popular seller of inexpensive women’s footwear and a staple in many suburban shopping malls, is closing all of its American stores. The company said on Saturday that it would begin liquidating all 2,100 of its stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. Payless is also winding […]

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Trump’s Attempt to Circumvent Congress Leaves Uneasy Senate Republicans With Hard Choice

WASHINGTON — Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Republican of West Virginia, spent the last two weeks hammering out a deal on federal spending and border security with colleagues from both parties, reassured by a sense that Congress was finally asserting itself as a civil, stabilizing force. The feeling did not last. […]

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Watch Out. Tax Season Is Even More Stressful Than Usual.

Take a deep breath, a drink, whatever calms you: It’s tax season. If you have already filed your return and received a satisfying refund, congratulations! You are a lucky person, because many people are having a hard time this year. Oddly, much of the pain comes from a shift that […]

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Phony Wall, Phony Emergency

“I didn’t need to do this,” President Trump insisted at a Rose Garden appearance on Friday, as he declared a national emergency aimed at shaking loose a few billion dollars in financing for his beloved border wall. The president’s assertion was both ludicrous and self-defeating. If a declaration was unnecessary […]

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White House Memo: Trump Follows Familiar Playbook When Confronted by a Loss: Distract and Digress

WASHINGTON — Standing in the Rose Garden on Friday morning, President Trump heaped praise on Rush Limbaugh, the right-wing radio show host, who earlier in the week gave his blessing to a bipartisan spending bill that did not include the money Mr. Trump had demanded for a wall. “This guy […]

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McConnell Says Trump Plans to Declare National Emergency to Build Border Wall

WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to declare a national emergency so he can bypass Congress and build his long-promised wall along the border even as he signs a spending bill that does not fund it. The move would effectively end a two-month war of attrition between the president and Congress […]

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Congress Expected to Swiftly Pass Border Deal to Prevent Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Congress will move quickly Thursday to pass a border security deal that deprives President Trump of what might be his last chance to build his wall, leaving the White House to decide whether to try to go around Congress to find the money. The Senate will vote first […]

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News Analysis: Trump Puts Best Face on Border Deal, as Aides Try to Assuage an Angry Right

WASHINGTON — In pursuit of a wall, President Trump ran into one. A single-minded drive to force Congress to finance his signature campaign promise has left Mr. Trump right back where he started, this time seeking a way to climb over the political barrier in his way after trying to […]

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Deal or No Deal, Mr. Trump?

What will President Trump do now? This is the $5.7 billion question confronting Congress as the latest government-funding deal grinds its way toward his desk. Desperate to avoid another shutdown debacle, negotiators on the House-Senate conference committee reached a bipartisan agreement in principle on Monday evening that, among many other […]

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Five Key Takeaways From the Tentative Deal on Border Security

WASHINGTON — The tentative deal reached late Monday by congressional negotiators to avert another government shutdown brought to the fore something President Trump has rarely seen in his time in office: reality-based programming. With Mr. Trump holding firm to his demand for a border wall with Mexico, Republicans and Democrats […]

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The Government Shutdown Made the I.R.S. Even More Frustrating to Deal With

WASHINGTON — A record shutdown of the United States government resulted in a “shocking” number of taxpayers’ calls to the Internal Revenue Service going unreturned or being left to languish on hold for unusually long periods, according to a government audit released on Tuesday. The audit, by the office of […]

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The Conversation: The Bezos Story Is Big

Gail Collins: Bret, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m going to give you the gift of deciding what current event we should start off with. Virginia? Jeff Bezos? Trump investigations? Supreme Court? Rapidly exploding population of Democratic presidential candidates? Bret Stephens: Oh, Gail — that’s the most wonkishly romantic gesture […]

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Immigration Talks Move From Wall to Real Fight: How to Enforce the Law

WASHINGTON — The battle in Congress over the number of detention beds under the control of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has pushed the border security fight beyond the symbolism of a wall to the core of the immigration debate — how the nation’s laws are to be enforced far beyond […]

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Talks Over Border Security Break Down, Imperiling Effort to Prevent Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan talks to reach a border security agreement have stalled, lawmakers and aides said on Sunday, imperiling efforts to prevent another government shutdown days before the Friday deadline. Senator Richard C. Shelby of Alabama, the Republican chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a key figure in the […]

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A Call for Bipartisanship With a Familiar Partisan Sting

WASHINGTON — Standing before a diverse new class of House Democrats, in the shadow of their new female speaker, President Trump showed on Tuesday how he plans to govern in a divided Washington. The answer, judging by his words, is no differently than he did before. Mr. Trump briefly acknowledged […]

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A Message of Unity From an Agent of Discord

For all of President Trump’s political eccentricity, the man delivers a fairly conventional State of the Union address. As he did last year, Mr. Trump showed up with a standard list of broad policy aims — many of them ambitious, some enjoying bipartisan support and few likely to go anywhere […]

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Trump’s State of the Union Address Unlikely to Bring Harmony

WASHINGTON — President Trump is to deliver what aides called a message of bipartisan unity on Tuesday night in his first address to Congress in the new era of divided government, but any hope of harmony was dispelled long before he left the White House. The president and Democrats spent […]

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Finally, Capitol Hill Readies for a State of the Union

Inside an empty House chamber, Representative Louie Gohmert, the brash-talking Texas Republican, camped out with his computer more than nine hours before President Trump was to arrive for his State of the Union address Tuesday night. He and other conservative lawmakers were staking out aisle seats for the presidential procession, […]

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For Trump, the State of the Union Is a Spectacle, and He Is Ready for It

WASHINGTON — He likes the instant gratification of Twitter tirades to prefab statements from his press office. He prefers improvising at a political rally to earnest policy addresses. But on Monday, President Trump was doing a fairly unusual thing, for him: working on a draft of a speech and then […]

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