WASHINGTON | Shutdown may upend State of the Union speech

WASHINGTON—January 16, 2019— The partial government shutdown threw a prime Washington ritual into question Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Donald Trump to forgo his Jan. 29 State of the Union speech, expressing doubts that the hobbled government can provide adequate security. Republicans saw her move as a ploy to deny Trump the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Shutdown may upend State of the Union speech

Outpouring of generosity for TSA workers, others without pay

The partial government shutdown is a double-whammy for Cara and Philip Mangone, a married couple from Philadelphia. Both are officers with the Transportation Safety Administration, both working full time at the Philadelphia airport. Neither knows when they might again start drawing their paychecks. Part-time jobs are out of the question — they work opposite shifts … Continue reading Outpouring of generosity for TSA workers, others without pay

WASHINGTON | Watchdog: GSA ignored emoluments in OKing Trump hotel lease

WASHINGTON—January 16, 2019— The inspector general for the General Services Administration says the agency improperly ignored the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments provision outlawing foreign gifts when it approved President Donald Trump‘s management of his Washington hotel soon after his 2016 election. The GSA’s inspector general said in a report released Wednesday that the “president’s business interest” … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Watchdog: GSA ignored emoluments in OKing Trump hotel lease

WASHINGTON | Fed survey finds businesses worried by political uncertainty

WASHINGTON—January 16, 2019— The Federal Reserve said Wednesday business contacts in many regions of the country are expressing less optimism amid a host of adverse developments, from plunging stock prices to uncertainty about a widening trade war. In its latest report on economic conditions around the country, the Fed said that eight of its 12 … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Fed survey finds businesses worried by political uncertainty

MADISON, Wis | Kidnap suspect’s lawyers: Confession problematic for defense

MADISON, Wis.—January 16, 2019— Defense attorneys for the man accused of kidnapping a Wisconsin teenager and killing her parents acknowledged Wednesday that they’re starting the case at a disadvantage after their client gave detectives a detailed confession and said they’re not sure he can get a fair trial in the state. According to a criminal … Continue reading MADISON, Wis | Kidnap suspect’s lawyers: Confession problematic for defense

NAIROBI, Kenya | The Latest: Al-Shabab says Kenya attack in response to Trump

NAIROBI, Kenya —January 16, 2019— The Latest on the extremist attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya (all times local): 12:35 a.m. The al-Shabab extremist group says the deadly attack in Kenya is in response to U.S. President Donald’s Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. A statement aired by the group’s radio … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | The Latest: Al-Shabab says Kenya attack in response to Trump

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico | Judge opens hearing on major Puerto Rico debt restructuring

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—January 16, 2019— A court hearing on a major restructuring of Puerto Rico’s mammoth debt opened Wednesday, with protesters warning the deal would further indebt the U.S. territory and supporters arguing it would secure funds urgently needed by the government. The hearing involves more than $17 billion in debt backed by sales-tax … Continue reading SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico | Judge opens hearing on major Puerto Rico debt restructuring