With financial distress, come fraudsters

Jan 21, 2019
As the partial federal shutdown continues with no visible end in sight, banks and creditors have offered the up-to-800,000 affected workers loans and payment deferments so they can keep up with their finances. At the same time, fraudulent agencies may…

Fed Gov. Lael Brainard on the longest shutdown in history

Jan 18, 2019
The economy has been "pretty healthy," she says, but the shutdown is one of the downside risks the Fed is watching.
"Every time that the economy gets to a shutdown or a debt limit, you really do sense that desire from Americans across the country for the government to function well, and to be predictable, and I think that's what we're seeing today. People want to go back to work. They want to get their paychecks. This is affecting communities all over the country," said member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Lael Brainard.
 
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Super Bowl LIII and the shutdown

Jan 18, 2019
If the partial government shutdown continues, it could complicate plans in Atlanta to manage the influx of travelers and fans.
View of Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, where Super Bowl LIII will take place.
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Shutdown could affect security clearances

Jan 18, 2019
Skip a bill payment, get bad credit. Get bad credit, lose your security clearance.
Social worker Pam Harrison holds a sign protesting the government shutdown at the James V. Hansen Federal Building on January 10, 2019 in Ogden, Utah.
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The U.S. government is becoming more dependent on contract workers

Jan 17, 2019
There were about 4.1 million contractors working for the U.S. government in 2017.
A view of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
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What happens when losing a paycheck becomes a regular thing

Jan 16, 2019
As a government contractor, Janet Martin weathered several shutdowns. But losing pay changed how she thinks about money.
Retired government contractor Janet Martin endured many government shutdowns during her career, and those experiences still affect how she lives her life.
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How the shutdown demonstrates small government

The government shutdown is providing Trump advisers with a demonstration of what a leaner, cheaper and smaller government might look like, according to reporting in the Washington Post. “They feel that the shutdown has shown them something,” said the Washington…
The U.S. Capitol is seen as people walk and ski along the National Mall on the 23rd day of a government shutdown during a winter storm Jan. 13, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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Caught in the trade war, navigating the shutdown

Jan 14, 2019
In June of last year, the Trump administration imposed the Section 232 tariffs, 10 percent on imported aluminum and 25 percent on imported steel. Many small businesses applied for exclusions, hoping to avoid the costly tariffs. It’s been a slow…
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Protesters hold signs during a protest rally by government workers and concerned citizens against the government shutdown on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 at Post Office Square near the Federal building, headquarters for the EPA and IRS in Boston. The rally was organized by The American Federation of Government Employees. New England has 516 EPA employees that is now down to a staff of 22.
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Why the Chamber of Commerce is making a case for bipartisanship

Jan 14, 2019
The Chamber of Commerce wants lawmakers to end the shutdown. And to do it, they'll need to reach across the aisle.
The U.S. Capitol is seen at dusk, Jan. 21, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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