This is what happens during a government shutdown

If Congress is unable to pass a funding proposal — which, at this point, looks very possible — the federal government will shut down Friday. Lawmakers had a similar deadline last month but they passed a continuing resolution December 21 to keep the federal government funded another month. Now Democrats are pushing a solution for recipients of the Deferred Action […]

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A German hacker offers a rare look inside the secretive world of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

A lone figure in a black hoodie and jeans breaks off from the pack. “Too many biometric details,” says Andy Müller-Maguhn, eyeing the cameras on the timesaving devices. He has come here, as he does most months, to meet with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the world’s most controversial purveyor of government secrets. For most of the past six years, Assange […]

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Google’s Project Fi has a new unlimited data plan

Google’s Project Fi has built a reputation for being the simplest mobile carrier out there. You pay $10 per gigabyte for the data that you use, with the only fixed monthly fee being a $20-per-month charge for unlimited calling and texting. Compared to other carriers with various tiers of “unlimited” plans, data add-ons, rollover buckets and introductory offers, it’s a […]

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Trump’s lawyer says president “very eager” to talk to Mueller

President Trump’s attorney Ty Cobb says the president is “very eager” to speak to special counsel Robert Mueller for his Russia investigation. In an interview with CBS News’ chief White House correspondent Major Garrett on this week’s “The Takeout” podcast, Cobb said Mr. Trump wants to put the matter to rest, and he told Garrett there are “active discussions” about a special […]

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Democrats dig in on immigration, shutdown risk or no

President Donald Trump says a children’s health insurance program shouldn’t be part of a short-term budget deal. Trump favors making the program part of “a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!” Trump is referring to the Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP House Republican leaders have included a six-year renewal in a short-term […]

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The Republicans had Obamacare. The Democrats have net neutrality.

There were a lot of rational reasons that Republicans kept a laserlike focus on Obamacare from 2010 to 2016. First and foremost, the word contained the five letters O-B-A-M-A, which, for the Republican base, was a guaranteed way of cracking open checkbooks and engaging activism. Second, the issue played to the broader fears of much of the base, this idea […]

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North Korea imposes more demands on South Korea

A week after North Korea said it would send a delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, the regime’s demands have taken on a sinister pattern. Reports emerged Tuesday that North Korea demanded the South return defectors who fled the totalitarian regime. That came after requiring that South Korea pay the North’s Olympic costs and an agreement by the United […]

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Apple stores are slammed

Apple retail stores are struggling to handle a surge of customers looking to reinvigorate their iPhones with a special battery replacement procedure. Apple sharply reduced the price for a fresh battery following the revelation that it was purposely slowing performance of iPhones with older batteries. In the weeks since then, a never-ending parade of iPhone-bearing customers has swept through Apple […]

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Conservatives balk at GOP plan to avert government shutdown

Hard-line conservatives threatened late Tuesday to scuttle Republican leaders’ plans to prevent a weekend government shutdown, saying GOP leaders now lack the votes to push their proposal through the House. The setback came as a deal between President Donald Trump and Congress to protect young immigrants from deportation also remained distant. The intransigence by the House Freedom Caucus came as […]

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Bannon subpoenaed by special counsel and House committee

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s office has subpoenaed former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon to appear before a grand jury, a move that indicates his broad investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign is far from wrapping up. The subpoena was issued last week, according to a person familiar with the situation, who said that Bannon […]

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