People use SNAP benefits to buy food.
Even without any disruption, SNAP benefits tend to run out before the next disbursement arrives.
President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden.
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Research on the psychology of politics reveals that when issues are framed in terms of moral right and wrong, the possibility of compromise becomes very small.
Wall Street traders aren’t the only ones who rely on government economic data.
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The government collects reams of economic data that are vital to the functioning of companies, policymakers and even families.
Federal and university employees normally work side by side on many big science projects.
Lots of academic scientists collaborate with federal employees and resources on their research projects. And at the moment they can't. A climatologist explains the bind they're in.
One of the more visible impacts of the shutdown is garbage piling up in parks.
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The shutdown is highlighting the crucial role government plays in the lives of citizens and businesses, offering a reminder of its fundamental value to the economy.
Aaron Rowe of the Architect of the Capitol’s office, which is not affected by the partial government shutdown, shovels snow left by a winter storm on the U.S. Capitol’s plaza.
The shutdown poses a very real threat to preparedness for future emergencies, such as natural disasters and disease outbreaks.
U.S. federal government employees, contract workers and other demonstrators march during a ‘Rally to End the Shutdown’ in D.C. on Jan. 10.
The current government shutdown is now the longest in American history, affecting about 800,000 federal employees.
Ongoing wildlife studies are one kind of federally funded research that’s sidelined during a shutdown.
Setting aside personal hardships for workers who don't see a paycheck during the shutdown, the research enterprise itself loses out, too. And unlike back pay, this lost time can never be made up.
Families are feeling the pinch of the government shutdown.
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Because many Americans live paycheck to paycheck, the loss of even one can be a big financial blow for a family.
Federal employees rally to call for an end to the partial government shutdown.
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The government has been partially closed since Dec. 22, making it the second-longest shutdown on record. A finance professor who studied the 2013 shutdown explains the economic impact.
Trump meets with Schumer and Pelosi at the White House in December.
Trump, Schumer and Pelosi have fallen into a classic negotiation trap that often prevents deals from getting made, which has led to the shutdown stalemate.
Presidents have traditionally given Oval Office addresses during only the gravest of crises.
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We asked experts on ethics, constitutional law and European political history to analyze Trump's Oval Office address. Here's what they heard in his speech about 'crisis' at the US-Mexico border.
Will Congress avert another shutdown?
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With President Trump insisting on funding for his border wall and Democrats vehemently opposed, a partial government shutdown is possible. Here's what it could mean for the economy.