The number of Transportation Security Administration security airport workers who did not show up for duty Sunday reached a record 10 percent of the checkpoint workforce, leading to growing lines in several places, with the longest in Minneapolis and New Orleans. The union that represents the TSA workers, the American Federation of Government Employees, has warned since the federal shutdown began that its employees are among the lowest salaried on the federal pay scale and simply may be unable to make the commute to airports if stranded without a paycheck.
Jamie Birdwell-Branson had just moved to Toledo, when an old high school friend reached out on Facebook and asked to meet for breakfast so they could catch up. "She was so interested in meeting up that she agreed to meet up halfway between our two cities - which was about an hour's drive for each of us," Birdwell-Branson said. "I was so eager for friendship that I immediately agreed, even though I hadn't seen her in years."
WASHINGTON - Congress takes up legislation this week to reopen the federal government after a new offer from President Donald Trump, but divergent efforts in the House and Senate look destined to go nowhere, leaving the month-old stalemate no closer to resolution. The Senate, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will take up a proposal announced by Trump on Saturday to reopen the government - trading temporary protections for young undocumented immigrants and other immigration provisions in exchange for $5.7 billion in border wall funding.
WASHINGTON - Donald Trump was elected president partly by assuring the American people that "I alone can fix it." But precisely two years into his presidency, the government is not simply broken - it is in crisis, and Trump is grappling with the reality that he cannot fix it alone. Trump's management of the partial government shutdown - his first foray in divided government - has exposed as never before his shortcomings as a dealmaker.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump lashed out Sunday at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over stalled negotiations to end the partial government shutdown while rejecting conservative claims that his offer of temporary deportation protections for young immigrants amounts to amnesty. In a morning tweet, Trump claimed that Pelosi, D-Calif., and other Democrats "turned down my offer yesterday before I even got up to speak."
Sen. Kamala Harris of California joined the 2020 presidential contest on Monday, thrusting a daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India into the Democratic race two years after she arrived in the Senate. Harris, a 54-year-old former prosecutor raised in a state that has been the crucible of the Trump resistance, expanded a growing field of candidates fighting for the nomination of a party that is increasingly nonwhite and fueled by women alienated by the president.
Rudy Giuliani vehemently denied Sunday that President Donald Trump asked his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, speaking during a fiery CNN interview in which he also said BuzzFeed News should be sued for reporting such allegations this past week. Giuliani acknowledged that Trump might have spoken to Cohen about his testimony, but he shrugged it off, saying that would have been "perfectly normal."
On Saturday, President Donald Trump again made the case for his wall by pointing out Democrats once supported new fencing and barriers along the southern border. "Many of these security ideas have been proposed by Democrats themselves," Trump said in the speech. "And all of them have been supported by Democrats in the past, including a physical barrier, wall or fence." On this point, Trump is right. Many Democrats have historically supported new border barriers.
A 33-year-old man who had been suffering from back pain decided to treat himself by resorting to an unusual remedy not supported by scientific research: he injected himself with a dose of his own semen every month for a year and a half. The "alternative therapy" baffled doctors at Tallaght University Hospital in Dublin, where the man showed up recently with severe back pain and a swollen arm, according to a case report published this month in the Irish Medical Journal.
The world's biggest growers of palm oil say they're stepping up efforts to produce the contentious commodity more sustainably, but consumers are unwilling to pay more for environmentally friendly supply.