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Economic Fallout Mounts as US Government Shutdown Continues

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier & Chris Hannas The White House has doubled projections of how much economic growth is being lost because of the partial government shutdown, now in a record 26th day with no end in sight to President Donald Trump's standoff with opposition Democrats over his demand for taxpayer money to build a barrier at the southern border with Mexico. Kevin Hassett, the chairman of Trump's Council of Economic Advisers, said Tuesday the country's robust economy has already lost a half percentage point from the shutdown, during which 800,000 government workers have been furloughed or forced to work without…
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US Soldiers Killed in IS-Claimed Syria Blast

VOA News/Jeff Seldin The death toll in an attack on and coalition troops in the northern Syrian town of Manbij is rising, with the bombing raising questions about what happens once forces pull out for good. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday’s bombing, claimed by the Islamic State terror group, has left 20 dead, including five troops. Unnamed officials had previously said four soldiers had been killed in the attack, with another three wounded. " service members were killed during an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria today. We are still gathering information and will share additional…
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Top Trump Senate Ally Urges President to Reopen Shutdown Government

VOA News President Donald Trump is standing by his demand for a wall at the border, as Democrats refuse to support what they call an expensive and ineffective measure while a partial government shutdown over the standoff hits its 24th day Monday. Late Sunday, Trump issued a series of tweets quoting an editorial by conservative commentator Pat Buchanan in which Buchanan called for Trump to use executive authority to declare a national emergency to get the money he wants for wall construction. Trump finished with his own comment: "The great people of our Country demand proper Border Security NOW!" Earlier…
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Trump: I Never Worked for Russia’

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier President Donald Trump declared Monday, "I never worked for Russia," days after news reports suggested he might be beholden to Russia and President Vladimir Putin. "I think it's a disgrace you even asked that question," Trump told a reporter who queried him about his ties to Russia outside the White House as he prepared to leave for New Orleans to speak at a farm convention. The New York Times reported over the weekend that Federal Bureau of Investigation officials started investigating whether Trump "was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow's influence" because of his…
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Best US Jobs That Don’t Require College Degree

The highest-paying jobs in America usually require a college degree, but there are still promising opportunities for high school graduates in some of today's hottest industries, including technology. “Education is very important, but there are also ways to work around that," says Stacy Rapacon, online editor at personal finance website "A lot of technology jobs you can still get without necessarily getting a bachelor’s degree. You can get certifications in certain fields and do that straight out of high school. A lot of employers really do prefer people who have proven skills with technology. They don’t necessarily pay attention to…
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Veterans Feel the Pinch, Weigh the Cost of Government Shutdown

VOA News/Carla Babb FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINA — It is more than three weeks into the partial government shutdown. Among the hundreds of thousands of federal employees affected by the political battle are military veterans. According to the latest government data, veterans make up about a third of the federal government’s civilian workforce. Tyler Holmquist of Fredericksburg, Virginia, is a veteran and an employee of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He’s one of the federal workers furloughed in the government shutdown, unable to work or collect pay. “You just start making adjustments. You start cutting eating out. You try to make less trips…
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Trump Won’t Declare National Emergency to Build Border Wall

VOA/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump said Monday he would not, at least for the moment, declare a national emergency to build a wall at the border, instead demanding that opposition Democrats agree to fund the barrier construction. “This is so simple,” Trump told reporters at the White House as left to speak at a farm convention in New Orleans. “The Democrats are stopping people from getting paid” — 800,000 federal workers furloughed or working without pay during the 24-day partial government shutdown. Trump rejected a call by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, one of his staunchest congressional supporters, to…
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Trump Walks Out of Meeting After Democrats Refuse Border Wall Funding

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier & Michael Bowman WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump abruptly walked out of a meeting with top Democratic lawmakers at the White House Wednesday after they again refused his demand for funding to build a wall on the border to thwart illegal immigration. Trump on Twitter called his brief discussions with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer "a total waste of time." The president said he asked them whether they would approve a wall or a steel barrier at the border if he agreed to end the 19-day partial government shutdown and while negotiations…
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US Counterterror Officials See No Signs of IS, al-Qaida on Southern Border

VOA News/Jeff Seldin counterterrorism officials are sticking by their assessment that terror groups like Islamic State and al-Qaida are not actively trying to sneak operatives into the country from Mexico, despite claims by the White House and Homeland Security officials that "the threat is real." "We do not see any evidence that ISIS or other Sunni terrorist groups are trying to infiltrate the southern border," a senior counterterrorism official first told VOA in November, while acknowledging the existence of "vulnerabilities at both our northern and southern borders." Contacted again ahead of President Donald Trump's prime-time television address Tuesday on what…
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No Sign of Compromise on Wall at US-Mexico Border

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier & Michael Bowman President Donald Trump and congressional leaders are meeting again Wednesday, but there were no signs they were ready to compromise over Trump's demand for funding for construction of a barrier wall along the border, a dispute that has led to a 19-day partial government shutdown. Trump is having lunch on Capitol Hill with Senate Republicans and later meeting at the White House with both Republican and Democratic congressional leaders, the day after Trump called for construction of the border barrier in a televised address to the nation from the Oval Office, his first during…
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