Government shuts down as Trump feuds with Democrats

Government shuts down as Trump feuds with DemocratsThe world's most powerful government shut down on Saturday after President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress failed to reach a deal on funding for federal agencies, highlighting America's deep political divisions. Republican and Democratic leaders were expected to renew negotiations on Saturday in the hope of restoring government financing before Monday. The shutdown began a year to the day after Trump was sworn in as president.




Two Americans, two Canadians freed after kidnapping in Nigeria: police

Two Americans, two Canadians freed after kidnapping in Nigeria: policeBy Garba Muhammad KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Two Americans and two Canadians have been freed after being kidnapped in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, a police spokesman said on Saturday, as it emerged that five oil workers had been abducted in the southern Niger Delta region. The Americans and Canadians were ambushed by unknown gunmen on Wednesday while traveling from the town of Kafanchan in Kaduna state to the capital, Abuja.




Power to the Polls: Women's March 2.0 aims to harness Trump opposition

Power to the Polls: Women's March 2.0 aims to harness Trump oppositionTens of thousands of protesters were expected to take to the streets of New York, Los Angeles and Washington on Saturday for the second Women's March, a multi-city mass rally hailed as the start of a new era of female political activism. This year's demonstration is being held in coordination with rallies planned for the weekend in some 250 other cities across the United States and overseas and marks the first anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration. "People were pretty damn mad last year and they're pretty damn mad this year," said Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women's March board.




Trump blames Democrats for government shutdown: Twitter

Trump blames Democrats for government shutdown: Twitter(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump blamed Democrat lawmakers for a shutdown of the federal government that went into effect on Saturday. "Democrats are far more concerned with illegal immigrants than they are with our great military or safety at our dangerous southern border," he said in a Twitter post early on Saturday. "They could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead." The Senate is expected to resume talks on funding the government at noon. (Reporting by Rich McKay; editing by John Stonestreet)




In Pennsylvania, women who voted for Trump voice support after first year

In Pennsylvania, women who voted for Trump voice support after first year"My 401(k) and my 403 have soared, and if anybody doesn't realize that, they've been asleep for a year," said Miller, a 50-year-old emergency room nurse from Audubon, Pennsylvania, referring to her retirement accounts' growth in a booming stock market. The Philadelphia suburb where Miller lives in Montgomery County was key to Trump's surprising 2016 triumph. Many of them were unfazed by Trump's combative style and provocative language.




As government shutdown begins, White House slams Senate Democrats

As government shutdown begins, White House slams Senate DemocratsWASHINGTON (Reuters) - As U.S. government funding ran out at midnight, the White House issued a statement blaming Senate Democrats for blocking a bill to avert a shutdown and said it would not negotiate on immigration, a key demand of Democrats. "We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands," the statement said after the funding legislation failed to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a procedural hurdle. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Leslie Adler)




Factbox: What happens in a U.S. government shutdown?

Factbox: What happens in a U.S. government shutdown?(Reuters) - President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress are racing to meet a midnight Friday deadline to pass a short-term bill to keep the U.S. government open and prevent agencies from shutting down. In shutdowns, nonessential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave. After previous government shutdowns, Congress passed measures to ensure that all unpaid workers received retroactive pay.