GoFundMe said Friday that it would be returning more than $20 million in donations meant to help finance the "Trump Wall" between the United States and Mexico after the effort fell short of its $1 billion goal. But the campaign's organizer said donors can redirect their contributions to a nonprofit that plans to begin work on portions of its own border wall - with or without help from the government.
WASHINGTON - The longest federal government shutdown in American history ground into a fourth week Saturday, Jan. 12, with President Donald Trump showing fresh defiance on Twitter, congressional Democrats firmly resolved to resist his calls for a border wall, and unpaid workers caught in the middle. "We will be out for a long time unless the Democrats come back from their 'vacations' and get back to work," Trump tweeted Saturday morning.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat from Hawaii, announced on a CNN show set to air Saturday that she will seek the 2020 Democratic nomination for president. "I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week," CNN quoted Gabbard as saying in a pre-taped interview for "The Van Jones Show." Gabbard listed criminal justice reform, climate change and health care as issues that she was interested in solving.
WASHINGTON - The White House has begun laying the groundwork for a declaration of national emergency to build President Donald Trump's border wall, a move certain to set off a firestorm of opposition in Congress and the courts but one that could pave the way for an end to the three-week government shutdown.
BEIRUT - The U.S. military said Friday that it has begun withdrawing from Syria, initiating a drawdown that has blindsided allies and is likely to spark a scramble for control of the areas that American troops will leave. U.S. forces have "begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria," read a statement from the U.S.-led coalition. "Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troop movements."
WASHINGTON - The National Air Traffic Controllers Association filed a lawsuit Friday against President Donald Trump and other top federal officials, saying they are depriving controllers of their "hard-earned compensation without the requisite due process." Controllers across the country started seeing pay stubs Thursday showing that they are receiving no pay for their work guiding planes to airports nationwide.
WASHINGTON - Tests revealed that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has no additional cancer following her surgery in December, and no further treatment is needed, the Supreme Court announced Friday, Jan. 11. "Justice Ginsburg will continue to work from home next week and will participate in the consideration and decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts of oral arguments," court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg said in a statement.
It was a foundational promise of Donald Trump's historic presidential campaign: Mexico would pay for his 2,000 mile border wall. But as he desperately fights for $5.7 billion in taxpayer money for the project, Trump now claims he never said Mexico would directly foot the bill. "Obviously, I never said this and I never meant they're going to write out a check," the president told reporters Thursday at the White House.
WASHINGTON - Furloughed federal employees and out-of-work contractors greeted each other Thursday with a sarcastic nickname that, on the 20th day of a partial government shutdown, captured their feeling of powerlessness: "Hello, fellow pawns." They shouted it to each other over the brutal wind and bitter cold in downtown Washington, where hundreds gathered to demand government leaders put an end to the shutdown and allow them to get back to work.
President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen has agreed to testify in a public hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in early February, panel Democrats announced Thursday. Cohen agreed to the Feb. 7 hearing voluntarily, panel chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said.