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Senate Democrats Seek to Protect Mueller From Being Fired

The latest Democratic efforts would require cooperation from Republicans, who control the Senate and the House, as both parties negotiate over must-pass legislation to fund the government. The deadline for passing the spending plan is Feb. 8.Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, said on Friday that Congress should now pass the legislation to protect the special counsel, urging his Republican and Democratic colleagues to work out any differences in approach to make it happen.Mr […]

Government Shutdown Begins as Budget Talks Falter in Senate

“Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown,” the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a statement. “Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans.”Democrats, calling it the “Trump shutdown,” countered that Republicans were responsible for the management of a government in their control.GraphicThese Factions in Congress, Split Over ‘Dreamers,’ Could Lead to Government ShutdownA deal to avoid closing the federal government hinges on Senate Democrats, and some Republicans, who want to include protections for young undocumented immigrants.OPEN Graphic“Every American knows the Republican Party controls the White House, the Senate, the House,” Mr. Schumer said. “It’s their job to keep the government open.”In addition to funding government operations through Feb. 16, the House-passed bill would extend funding by six years for the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program, a provision intended to secure Democratic votes.But Democrats were seeking concessions on other priorities, such as protecting young undocumented immigrants from deportation, increasing domestic spending, securing disaster aid for Puerto Rico and bolstering the government’s response to the opioid epidemic.Federal agencies had prepared for the shutdown; on Thursday night, officials at the White House Office of Management and Budget instructed federal agency leaders to give their employees informal notice of who would be furloughed and who would not if funding lapsed.Formal notifications are to be given as early as Saturday morning, budget office officials said, insisting on anonymity to brief reporters about the details of what the White House called “lapse planning and shutdown operations.”Continue reading the main storyMore than one million active-duty military personnel will serve with no lapse, they said, but could not be paid until the shutdown ends. Agencies like the Energy Department that have funding that is not subject to annual appropriations can use that money to stay open, the officials said, and the administration is encouraging them to do so. Most mandatory programs — entitlements such as Social Security that are automatically funded rather than subject to congressional appropriations — can continue without disruption.Officials said Mr. Trump may travel on Air Force One to carry out his constitutional responsibilities, including a planned trip next week to Davos, Switzerland […]

DACA, Hawaii, Australian Open: Your Monday Briefing

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Donald Trump, N.S.A., Facebook: Your Friday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview Smarter Living Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life. • Want to be happy? Think like an old person. • Before booking with a charter airline, check its safety record. • Recipe of the day: Celebrate Friday with Sam Sifton’s oven-roasted chicken shawarma. Noteworthy • Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss Continue reading the main story Writers from across the political spectrum discuss Congress’s vote to extend the N.S.A.’s spying program. • The week in good news It isn’t all bad out there […]

J.F.K. Airport Plagued by Delays After Winter Storm

On Friday night, an Air France flight spent nearly six hours on the tarmac after arriving at Kennedy, passengers said.“Communication was horrible,” Amy Veinoglou, 29, who was traveling from Paris with her fiancé, said in a phone interview on Saturday. “Nobody was telling us anything.”Ms. Veinoglou said Air France had transferred them to a shuttle bus where they sat for 45 minutes. Even then, she said, it was “complete chaos.”“One bus cut us off and let off their people, and then our bus driver had to do all this maneuvering around and there was no one there to direct him,” Ms. Veinoglou said.They waited for hours amid empty luggage carousels that some passengers used as makeshift beds. Eventually, she and her fiancé gave up and headed home around 7:30 a.m. after spending nearly nine hours at the airport.The baggage claim area inside Terminal 4 around noon on Saturday was a field of unclaimed luggage, with tagged bags, duffels, suitcases and other containers in the center of the floor, along the walls and on a pair of carousels that turned slowly in front of bleary-looking travelers.Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyThank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. […]

White House Immigration Demands Imperil Bipartisan Talks

An estimated 780,000 young people brought to this country illegally were shielded from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, a program instituted by former President Barack Obama in 2012. But in September, Mr. Trump rescinded the program, known by its acronym, DACA, and gave Congress six months to come up with a replacement.Since then, immigration advocates say, 14,000 young people have lost their protected status because they could not renew two-year work permits issued under the program.Mr. […]

Prepaying Your Property Taxes? I.R.S. Cautions It Might Not Pay Off

Some states have encouraged residents to try to skirt the new cap on state and local tax deductions. Last week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York signed an executive order paving the way for residents to prepay their property taxes.“We’re doing this to circumvent the bill the president just signed?” Mr. Cuomo asked at a Friday news conference […]