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Here is every previous government shutdown, why they happened and how they ended

Since the modern congressional budgeting process took effect in 1976, there have been a total of seventeen separate government shutdowns (or "spending gaps" in Hill jargon). Given that we appear to be headed for another one imminently, let's look back at those experiences, the political …

Government

Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday and announced plans to relocate the US Embassy there, a move expected to inflame tensions in the region and unsettle the prospects for peace.<p>"Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is …

Israel

President Trump today: Live updates

Elections

Trump and Manafort get big reminder that pardon power does not extend to state crimes

Politico reported Wednesday that New York’s attorney general Eric Schneiderman is now working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in the probe of financial transactions involving Paul Manafort, a story independently confirmed by The Washington Post by a source familiar with the investigation.<p>…

Donald Trump

Trump Is A 19th-Century President Facing 21st-Century Problems

Since President Trump announced his candidacy in 2015, commentators have asked whether he really understands the office. Over the last few tumultuous …

Political Science

Why Trump’s Pardon of Arpaio Follows Law, Yet Challenges It

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s decision to pardon Joe Arpaio was characteristically unconventional. It came late on a Friday night as a hurricane bore down on Texas. It concerned a crime some said was particularly ill-suited to clemency, and it was not the product of the care and deliberation that …

Joe Arpaio

Trump Faces Natural Disaster Test in Hurricane Harvey

President Donald Trump faces a test in the form of Hurricane Harvey as his administration sought to assure residents of Texas and Louisiana Friday that the federal government is prepared for what new FEMA Director Brock Long called a "very dangerous situation."<p>Long, who was confirmed as FEMA …

Hurricane Harvey
Donald Trump

Trump Arrives In Saudi Arabia To A Warm Welcome, Despite Troubles At Home

President Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday carrying baggage — namely, a swirl of controversy stemming from his firing of FBI Director James Comey and the ongoing Russia investigations. But his hosts in Riyadh aren't likely to be bothered by it all.<p>Trumpeters played and jets flew overhead …

'Not Nixonian': Richard Nixon Library trolls Trump over Comey firing

Body charged with preserving Nixon’s legacy enjoys a rare chance to criticise a sitting US president on social media<p>James Comey firing: FBI director’s dismissal rocks Washington – live<p>It isn’t very often that the Richard Nixon Presidential Library gets the opportunity to say that the actions of a …

Government

Time for Democrats to panic about the Fed

The Federal Reserve is one of the most powerful government entities in existence, with far-reaching abilities to shape the U.S. economy. The …

A Tale of Two Cabinets - Obama 2009 vs Trump 2017

The Democrats all out attempts to derail and obstruct the cabinet picks of President Trump are, to my knowledge, unsurpassed in history. I know I …

West Wing

For differences between the actual West Wing and <i>The West Wing</i> television show, check out our reviews or the TV West Wing floor plan.<p>First Floor<p>The …

How Many People Does the U.S. Federal Government Employ?

I’ve recently been doing some work on the budget preparation process for the FY 1964 budget. The preparation of that budget took place in the fall of …

Conservatives target red-state Democrats to speed Trump's nominations

Republicans are trying to soften opposition, as they seek to protect Trump's most conservative nominees and his legislative agenda.<p>The prospect of brutal confirmation hearings has Republicans targeting red-state Democrats in hopes of softening opposition to some of Donald Trump’s most conservative …

Commander-In-Tweet: Trump's Social Media Use And Presidential Media Avoidance

Three days after winning the presidency in 2008, President-elect Barack Obama held a press conference, taking questions from reporters. Three days after winning the presidency in 2016, President-elect Donald Trump turned to Twitter.<p>An unprecedented feature of Donald Trump's successful campaign for …

Donald Trump, George Washington and the President's Cabinet

<i>This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was</i> …

Government

Obama expands his executive power beyond Earth

WASHINGTON — President Obama has expanded his use of executive power beyond bounds of earth, signing an executive order Thursday to prepare the federal government to deal with the effects of space weather events.<p>That space weather — which includes phenomena like solar flares, geomagnetic …

Space Weather

U.S. launches airstrikes in Yemen in response to apparent ship attack

2 missiles landed in Red Sea in general vicinity of USS Mason on Sunday, U.S. has said<p>The U.S. military launched cruise missile strikes on Thursday …

China

The next president could be in charge of filling four Supreme Court vacancies: https://t.co/YV4mmeggb3

Obama’s Influence Could Continue After His Term Through His Political Appointees

Civil service laws have made it nearly impossible to remove government bureaucrats from their jobs. President Barack Obama has a chance to place many …

Government

Whose job Is it anyway?

Rob Wilson / Shutterstock.com<p>What constitutional authority does the president have over immigration policy? In the United States, we live in a …

Insurers continue to abandon ACA exchanges, limiting choice

Aetna will abandon Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges next year in more than two-thirds of the counties where it now sells the coverage, the latest in a string of defections by big insurers that will limit customer choice in many markets.<p>Dwindling insurer participation is becoming a concern, …

Health Care