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Shutdown turns into longest federal closure in US historical past

WASHINGTON (AP) — The partial authorities shutdown turned the longest closure in U.S. historical past when the clock ticked previous midnight into early Saturday as President Donald Trump and nervous Republicans scrambled to discover a approach out of the mess.

An answer couldn’t come quickly sufficient for federal staff who obtained pay statements Friday however no pay.

The Home and Senate voted to offer federal staff again pay every time the federal authorities reopens after which left city for the weekend, leaving the shutdown on monitor to grow to be one for the report books as soon as the clock struck midnight and the closure entered its 22nd day. And whereas Trump privately thought-about one dramatic escape route — declaring a nationwide emergency to construct the wall and not using a new stream of money from Congress — members of his personal celebration have been fiercely debating that concept, and the president urged Congress to provide you with one other answer.

“What we’re not looking to do right now is national emergency,” Trump stated. He insisted that he had the authority to try this, including that he’s “not going to do it so fast” as a result of he’d nonetheless want to work a cope with Congress.

About 800,000 staff missed paychecks Friday, many receiving clean pay statements. Some posted photographs of their empty earnings statements on social media as a rallying cry to finish the shutdown, a jarring picture that many in the White Home feared might flip extra voters towards the president as he holds out for billions in new wall funding.


As shutdown drags, Trump administration seeks to melt blow

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government shutdown is wreaking havoc on many People: A whole lot of hundreds of federal staff don’t know once they’ll see their subsequent paycheck, and low-income individuals who depend on the federal security internet fear about whether or not they’ll make ends meet ought to the stalemate in Washington keep on one other month.

However in the event you’re a sportsman trying to hunt recreation, a fuel firm planning to drill offshore or a taxpayer awaiting your refund, you’re in luck: This shutdown gained’t have an effect on your plans.

All administrations get some leeway to decide on which providers to freeze and which to take care of when a finances standoff in Washington forces some businesses to shutter. However in the selective reopening of workplaces, specialists say they see a willingness to chop corners, scrap prior plans and wade into legally doubtful territory to mitigate the ache. Some famous the alternatives appear focused at shielding the Republican-leaning voters whom Trump and his celebration want to stay with them.

The cumulative impact is a authorities shutdown — now formally the longest in U.S. historical past — that some People might discover financially destabilizing and others might hardly discover.

Russell T. Vought, deputy director of the Workplace of Administration and Price range, stated the overarching message from Trump has been “to make this shutdown as painless as possible, consistent with the law.”


GOP rejected Obama’s government attain, however accepts Trump’s

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama surprised Republicans when he bypassed Congress and — counting on what he referred to as his pen and his telephone — used government powers to enact his agenda, together with defending tens of millions of younger immigrants from deportation.

Now, with President Donald Trump proposing an much more dramatic end-run round Congress to construct his promised border wall with Mexico, many Republicans are uneasily cheering him on.

The potential use of a nationwide emergency declaration by Trump for the border wall exhibits the extent to which the get together is prepared to yield on treasured values — in this case, the constitutional separation of powers — to avoid confronting the White Home and provides the president what he needs.

It’s a unique lodging from just some years in the past. Then Republicans typically referred to as out Obama as overstepping his authority in utilizing government actions when Congress did not act on White Home priorities. They complained about Obama as “king,” ”emperor” or “tyrant.”

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a pacesetter of the Home Freedom Caucus, stated most conservatives would go together with Trump’s choice to declare a nationwide emergency as “the last tool in the tool box” for constructing the wall.


With Trump’s nominee in limbo, envoy submit in UAE stays empty

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Friday, no U.S. ambassador was there to welcome him.

The publish has been vacant for 9 months. The Republican donor President Donald Trump selected for the job, John Rakolta Jr., hasn’t been accepted by the Senate.

Trump has regularly accused Senate Democrats of utilizing the chamber’s complicated net of guidelines to sabotage his nominees. However Rakolta’s choice illustrates the challenges of filling a high-level authorities place with a candidate from the company world who has no prior diplomatic expertise.

Rakolta, a development firm CEO, contributed $250,000 to Trump’s inaugural committee. His spouse and youngsters donated tens of hundreds of dollars extra to Trump’s marketing campaign in addition to to different GOP causes. Rakolta is said by marriage to Ronna Romney McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican Nationwide Committee. Rakolta’s spouse is McDaniel’s aunt.

His nomination moved so slowly in the Senate that it was despatched again to the White Home earlier this month — one in every of greater than 270 of the president’s picks returned as a result of they weren’t acted on earlier than the top of that session of Congress. It’s commonplace for a White Home to re-nominate most of the similar individuals, however the Trump administration hasn’t stated but whether or not it will re-submit Rakolta’s identify.


After Wisconsin woman’s protected return, query is: Why?

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A 21-year-old man killed a Wisconsin couple in a scheme to kidnap their teenage daughter, then held the woman captive for almost three months earlier than she managed to flee and attain security as he drove round on the lookout for her, authorities stated.

Jayme Closs, 13, was skinny, matted and sporting footwear too massive for her when she approached a stranger and pleaded for assist Thursday in the small, remoted north woods city of Gordon, the place police stated she was being held by Jake Thomas Patterson.

Inside minutes, Patterson was pulled over and jailed on kidnapping and murder costs for what authorities stated was his meticulously deliberate shotgun assault at the woman’s house in October.

The information that Jayme was protected set off pleasure and aid 60 miles (96 kilometers) away in her hometown of Barron, inhabitants three,300, ending an all-out search that gripped the state, with many individuals fearing the worst the longer she was lacking.

“My legs started to shake. It was awesome. The stress, the relief — it was awesome,” Barron County Sheriff Fitzgerald stated, describing the second he discovered Jayme had been discovered.


In Sudan, nobody is obvious on what occurs after al-Bashir

CAIRO (AP) — As violent anti-government protests enter their fourth week, Sudan seems headed towards political paralysis, with drawn-out unrest throughout a lot of the nation and a fractured opposition with no clear concept of what to do if their want to see the nation’s chief of 29 years go comes true.

Even for a rustic that appears unwieldy when its’s not tearing itself aside, President Omar al-Bashir’s years at the helm have turned Sudan right into a cautionary story — from genocide and bloody rebellions to ethnic cleaning, hunger and rampant corruption.

However Sudan has been arduous to rule approach earlier than al-Bashir seized energy in a 1989 army coup. Protest leaders say an entire new begin is required if the nation is to face any probability of progressing.

“There may be very few people out there who still support this regime, the way it governed or its use of an Islamic narrative,” stated Othman Mirghani, a outstanding Sudanese analyst. “The conclusion reached by the people is that this regime must be brought down and the search start for a modern Sudanese state based on contemporary values.”

Here’s a look at the place issues stand after greater than three weeks of protests, which claimed at least 40 lives.


Naked-handed surgical procedures as Zimbabwe’s well being system collapses

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A docs’ strike in Zimbabwe has crippled a well being system that was already in intensive care from neglect. It mirrors the state of affairs in a rustic that was filled with promise a yr in the past with the departure of longtime chief Robert Mugabe however now faces financial collapse.

Docs describe grim circumstances: Naked-handed surgical procedures. Plastic bread luggage used to gather sufferers’ urine. Damaged-down machines. Zimbabwe’s well being sector, as soon as thought-about top-of-the-line in Africa, is on its knees.

“It’s so sad. The hospitals are empty, the patients are being turned away to die somewhere else,” stated Prince Butau, treasurer of the Zimbabwe Hospital Docs Affiliation, which represents about 1,000 docs who anchor authorities hospitals.

A brand new president’s guarantees of change have turned out to be empty.

“Affordable quality health care guaranteed,” learn marketing campaign billboards for President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe protege, forward of the July 2018 election. Six months after he narrowly gained the disputed vote, Zimbabwe’s well being sector has widespread shortages of primary medicines resembling painkillers and contraceptives.


In Nevada, Inslee tries to tug 2020 highlight away from DC

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Democratic presidential sweepstakes may appear to be a story of Joe Biden and the Seven Senators, however there are many governors and mayors on the lookout for an opportunity to steal the highlight from the previous vice chairman and different headliners.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is headed to the early caucus state of Nevada on Saturday and can quickly journey to the primary main state of New Hampshire as he mulls a White Home bid. Terry McAuliffe, the previous Virginia governor and longtime Democratic energy participant, is displaying up on cable information and writing newspaper op-eds. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock are busy with day jobs however just lately completed an formidable spherical of midterm campaigning. Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper left workplace this month, and he spent a part of the autumn on the street.

Billionaire and former New York Metropolis Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he’d fund his personal race if he runs, and even Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is making noise.

Every individual is making strikes that would end result in a presidential marketing campaign. However in the early days of a Democratic main, the query is whether or not somebody with no Washington resume can win a contest that’s to date dominated by Biden, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and a number of other nationally recognized senators, together with Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Cory Booker of New Jersey. Different senators who may be a part of the race embrace Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. And that variety of senators might develop.

“Being an outsider governor or an outsider mayor is a good place to run from to cast yourself as somebody with executive experience and leadership at a time when people don’t trust a dysfunctional Congress,” stated Dave Hamrick, who managed then-Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland’s unsuccessful bid in 2016.


Saudi lady fleeing alleged abuse anticipated in Canada

TORONTO (AP) — An 18-year-old Saudi runaway who stated she was abused and feared dying if deported again residence was anticipated to reach Saturday in Canada, which has granted her asylum.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated Canada would settle for Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun as a refugee, capping a dramatic week that noticed her flee her household whereas visiting Kuwait and earlier than flying to Bangkok, the place she barricaded herself in an airport lodge to keep away from deportation. The case grabbed international consideration after she mounted a social media marketing campaign for asylum.

It highlighted the reason for ladies’s rights in Saudi Arabia, the place a number of ladies fleeing abuse by their households have been caught making an attempt to hunt asylum overseas in current years and returned house. Human rights activists say many comparable instances go unreported.

“Canada has been unequivocal,” Trudeau stated. “We will always stand up for human rights and women’s rights around the world.”

Alqunun is flying to Toronto by way of Seoul, South Korea, in line with Thai immigration Police Chief Surachate Hakparn. Alqunun tweeted two footage from her aircraft seat — one with what seems to be a glass of wine and her passport and one other holding her passport whereas on the aircraft with the hastag “I did it” and the emojis displaying aircraft, hearts and wine glass.


Chiefs purpose to rewrite playoff historical past vs nemesis Colts

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Given the postseason historical past involving Indianapolis and Kansas Metropolis through the years, Andrew Luck and the Colts have each cause to really feel assured heading to Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday.

The Chiefs have each cause to consider they’re due.

4 occasions the groups have met in the playoffs, twice in the wild-card spherical and twice with a spot in the AFC title recreation on the road. Every time the Colts emerged victorious. All however one have been down-to-the-wire nail-biters, one a record-setting shootout and one other a defensive slugfest, and every left Colts followers feeling euphoric and Chiefs followers feeling cursed.

Requested whether or not he understood the magnitude of the subsequent installment in the one-sided collection, Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller replied fairly merely: “Oh yeah.”

“Especially what they’ve been going through over the years and things like that,” he stated. “We definitely see how fans feel, what they’re expecting and stuff like that.”