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These Tweets Show The Impact Trump’s Government Shutdown Is Having On American Families

As the government shutdown continues each day, the lives of real people continue to be affected. Now that we’re closing in on two weeks since President Donald Trump declared the government shutdown — which means that non-essential discretionary federal programs are closed along with the withholding of people’s federal paychecks — there seems to be no end to when the government will be able to reopen.

Trump is still holding the government hostage due to the fact that Democratic lawmakers won’t give him the billions of dollars he wants to build a border wall. The New York Times reports that approximately 800,000 federal workers are not being paid because of the shutdown. The shutdown is also affecting Native Americans who get federal funds for medical and health needs.

People on social media have been using the hashtag #ShutdownStories to express how the government shutdown is affecting them.

Some federal workers have to deal with their own issues affecting their health like this woman who has a disability case but cannot get it resolved until the government reopens.

This 71-year-old janitor that works in a government building cannot afford to pay her bills because she hasn’t gotten paid.

She has said that even when the government reopens, she won’t be paid for the days of missed work, which means it will take her even longer to recover financially.

This man is already thinking about getting a new job.

As he says, the bills don’t stop just because his pay has.

Some people still have to work, but will not get paid for it.

Despite protecting the border, he is doing it for free.

Some are seeking help through other means including crowdsourcing.

If the government won’t work for you, perhaps the people will.

This young girl is trying to raise money because her family cannot get paid.

Such a great gesture to help your family when they are struggling.

Some people didn’t want to go to work if they weren’t being paid. However, they were threatened if they left their post.

It’s like they have no choice.

People are getting desperate and are seeking help through social media.

Having medical expenses really adds up.

People are resorting to using their credit cards to pay for essentials.

Paying those off won’t be easy, either.

It’s not just federal pay that is being affected but actual research that affects the entire world.

When will it end?

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READ: Border Patrol Agents Are Leaving Their Job Faster Than The Border Patrol Can Hire New Ones

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

A massive protest movement that swept across Colombia seems to have paid off – at least in the short term – as President Ivan Duque says that he will withdrawal the controversial tax plan that sent angry protesters into the streets. However, the protests claimed at least 17 victims who died during the unrest and hundreds more were injured.

Now that the president has withdrawn the controverial bill, many are wondering what’s next and will they have to take to the streets once again.

Massive protests claimed the lives of at least 17 people and hundreds more were injured across Colombia.

Unions and other groups kicked off marches on Wednesday to demand the government of President Ivan Duque withdraw a controversial tax plan that they say unfairly targets the most vulnerable Colombians.

Isolated vandalism, clashes between police and protesters and road blockades occurred in several cities on Saturday, and riot police were deployed in the capital.

Rights organization Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of possible police abuse in Cali, and local human rights groups alleged up to 17 deaths occurred.

After a week of protests, the government has shelved the controversial plan.

Faced with the unrest, the government of President Ivan Duque on Sunday ordered the proposal be withdrawn from Congress where it was being debated. In a televised statement, he said his government would work to produce new proposals and seek consensus with other parties and organizations.

President Duque, in his statement, acknowledged “it is a moment for the protection of the most vulnerable, an invitation to build and not to hate and destroy”.

“It is a moment for all of us to work together without paltriness,” he added. “A path of consensus, of clear perceptions. And it gives us the opportunity to say clearly that there will be no increase in VAT for goods and services.”

The tax reform had been heavily criticized for punishing the middle classes at a time of economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The government introduced the bill on April 15 as a means of financing public spending. The aim was to generate $6.3 billion between 2022 and 2031 to reignite the fourth largest economy in Latin America.

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

Months of investigations on Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani officially came to a head Wednesday morning.

The former New York City mayor’s dealings with Ukraine officials in 2019 have been under scrutiny for months by authorities who have been investigating allegations Giuliani lobbied for powerful Ukrainian interests. The investigations have also looked into claims that Giuliani also solicited the Ukrainian government for damaging information on President Joe Biden when he was running against Trump in the 2020 election.

There is also the matter of allegations that Giuliani attempted to find information on Biden’s son Hunter, who was part of the board of an energy company in Ukraine.

Federal investigators executed a search warrant on Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home on Wednesday morning.

The search was part of a criminal investigation into Giuliani‘s activities with Ukraine. According to The New York Times, “Prosecutors obtained the search warrants as part of an investigation into whether Mr. Giuliani broke lobbying laws as President Trump’s personal lawyer.”

Federal agents seized cellphones and other electronic devices as part of the investigation. The search warrant took place around 6 a.m. at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment on Madison Avenue and his Park Avenue office in Manhattan.

The execution of a search warrant against the former president’s lawyer is particularly shocking.

The warrant comes as a major development in the investigation that has been ongoing for some time and examines the former- mayor’s conduct during Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial.

“It was also a remarkable moment in Mr. Giuliani’s long arc as a public figure,” noted New York Times. “As mayor, Mr. Giuliani won national recognition for steering New York through the dark days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and earlier in his career, he led the same U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan that is investigating him now, earning a reputation as a hard-charging prosecutor who took on organized crime and corrupt politicians.”

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