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COMMENTARY: Was Trump’s ‘Last Stand’ in El Paso Foreshadowing of 2020 Game Plan?

WASHINGTON INFORMER — President Donald Trump leaked word of a late-night tentative agreement on border security. […read more]

Description: Pastor Henry Lavender gives DeAndre Bramlett, who broke into Lavender’s church, something Bramlett said he’d never had – a birthday cake. (Photo: Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell)

A tale of love and redemption: ‘Spiritual parents’ throw surprise party for man who broke into their church

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I appreciate DeAndre because he broke a cycle in his life,” said Pastor Henry Lavender. “Now, he has his own son to raise. The cycle is broken. Jesus makes it possible for DeAndre to live free. His son can be free. The logo of our church has the Jewish symbol in it. That is on purpose. It means Israel shall live. We do have victory when we forgive and love one another.” […read more]

President Trump on Feb. 15 declared a national emergency to allocate additional funding to build a wall at the southern border. (Photo: Washington Post / YouTube)

DENIED! Bi-Partisan Pushback Leads Trump to Cry, “Emergency”

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Trump said he’ll get money from multiple sources including tapping into the $3.6 billion earmarked for military construction, $600 million in asset forfeitures seized by the U.S. Treasury Department, $2.5 billion available through the Department of Defense’s drug interdiction program and the nearly $1.4 billion Congress approved earlier in the week for border barriers – an agreement that proved vital in avoiding another government shutdown. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: Elected Enemies – The Government Shutdown That’s Crippling America

NNPA NEWSWIRE — This has been the third shutdown of the federal government since President Donald J. Trump took the oath of office. However, as a result of the current catastrophic and life-altering shutdown, millions of the people who rely on the government for their livelihood — directly and indirectly — have been severely impacted. […read more]

No matter what side of the political fence one falls, farm and rural development advocates will agree that the shutdown will cause much harm if not resolved very soon.

PRESS ROOM: The Government Shutdown: Another Storm for Black Farmers, Cooperatives, and Southern Rural Communities

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Cornelius Key, the Federation’s Georgia State Coordinator, who is also a farmer and rancher says, “Small farmers that normally submit farm loan applications in December and January can’t submit loans at the moment. The shutdown will have a domino effect as it ultimately leads to a decreased harvest, greater farm debt, and loan defaults that could translate to land and farm losses.” […read more]


Another Government Shutdown?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Congress must approve a budget by October 1, or our government will shut down. That means that people will not be paid and technically, government departments will cease to operate. Social Security payments, veterans’ benefits, and more will cease Read More


US Employers Add 148K Jobs; Rate Falls to 7.2 Pct.

by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy added just 148,000 jobs in September, suggesting that employers held back on hiring before a 16-day partial government shutdown began Oct. 1. Still, hiring last month was enough to lower the unemployment Read More


Poll: Major Damage to GOP After Shutdown, and Broad Dissatisfaction with Government

[The Washington Post] The budget confrontation that led to a partial government shutdown dealt a major blow to the GOP’s image and has exposed significant divisions between tea party supporters and other Republicans, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The survey highlights just how Read More


Obama Signs Bill to Reopen Government and Avoid Default

Employees Began Returning Thursday By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – President Barack Obama signed a bill into law early Thursday morning that ended the 16-day government shutdown and averted an impending financial crisis by raising the debt ceiling. After Obama and Democrats Read More


Short-Term Debt Deal Won’t Mask Big Barriers Ahead

by CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Hold the champagne. Even after lawmakers complete their pending deal to avert a federal default and fully reopen the government, they are likely to return to their grinding brand of brinkmanship — perhaps repeatedly. Wednesday’s self-congratulations notwithstanding, Read More


Justice’s Wheels Slowed as Shutdown Hits Courts

GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press MATT VOLZ, Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The government shutdown is slowing the wheels of justice in federal courts by delaying civil cases, forcing prosecutors to operate with skeleton staffs and raising uncertainty about the system’s immediate future if the Read More


Senate Leaders Reach Deal to End Government Shutdown and Avoid Default

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite their well-known animus for each other, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reached a last-minute deal Wednesday that will end the federal government shutdown and raise the debt Read More


Poll: Americans Find Little to Like in Washington

JENNIFER AGIESTA and NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are fed up with Washington and spreading derision around to President Barack Obama and both political parties, according to a new poll that could sound a warning for incumbents of all political stripes going into Read More


GOP Offers Short-Term Debt-Limit Increase, But Wants Negotiations Before Ending Shutdown

[The Washington Post] House Republican leaders said Thursday they will offer a temporary increase in the federal debt ceiling in exchange for negotiations with President Obama on longer-term “pressing problems,” but they stopped short of agreeing to end a government shutdown now in its 10th Read More


Republican Disapproval Grows in Budget Battle, Post-ABC Poll Finds

[The Washington Post] Disapproval of congressional Republicans’ budget wrangling after a weeklong shutdown has shot up to 70 percent, with 51 percent disapproving “strongly,” according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. At the same time, President Obama’s approval rating has ticked up due to improved Read More


Republicans Are Losing The Shutdown Blame Game

[Washington Post] Americans are blaming congressional Republicans more than President Obama for causing Tuesday’s federal government shutdown, according to the first polls conducted since Washington came to a halt at midnight Monday. While the initial reaction is worse for Republicans, their share of blame is Read More


WIC Support for Moms, Babies Threatened During Shutdown

[CBS News] Low-income mothers, pregnant women, babies and young children who rely on government assistance to purchase food could see their help cut off now that the government is shut down. Nearly 9 million mothers and children receive benefits under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program Read More

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Government Shutdown Starts to Slow Lending Activity

[ABC News] As 800,000 federal workers are sent home following the government shutdown, lending to households and small businesses has been halted or slowed. The government’s Small Business Administration, Federal Housing Administration and the Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency are essentially out of reach for many Read More

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Republicans’ Venom Aimed at Obama

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist At press time, it was unclear whether Congress would finally evade a government shutdown on October 1.  I do know, however, that I am sick of the budgetary brinkmanship that plagues our government.  Every few months there is some crisis or Read More