No worries, you can still get a passport during the government shutdown

Flickr/sean hobson The government shutdown is ongoing, with no end in sight. The State Department does not have funding during the shutdown. But despite the lapse in funding, the State Department’s passport functions are still operational. Americans can still apply for and renew passports during the shutdown. The timeframe for receiving a new passport will […]

As the government shutdown over Trump’s border wall rages, a journey along the entire 1,933-mile US-Mexico border shows the monumental task of securing it

Skye Gould/Andy Kiersz/Business Insider The US government is currently shut down because President Donald Trump is demanding billions of dollars to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, and Congress won’t fund it. Of the 1,933 miles along the border, 1,279 miles is unfenced. Most of the barrier that currently exists, and that the Trump […]

China cracks down on Twitter users critical of its government

It won’t surprise you to hear that China keeps a tight lid on homegrown social networks, but it’s now doing more to stifle free expression on outside networks, too. The New York Times reported that Chinese law enforcement recently began a crackdown on residents who post criticism of the government on Twitter, even though the […]

'Don't vote for that ni***' Snoop Dogg trashes Trump in message to government workers

Snoop Dogg has pulled no punches calling on federal employees forced to work without pay or stay home due to the government shutdown to remember the ordeal when they vote in 2020. “Don’t vote for that ni***,” the rapper said. In an expletive-ridden Instagram rant, Snoop Dogg, real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., said that […]

Disturbing photos show national parks and monuments overflowing with garbage as the US government shutdown continues

Win McNamee/Getty Images America’s national parks are overflowing with garbage and human waste as the US government shutdown prevents federal employees from cleaning toilets and picking up trash. While it’s common for national parks to close during a shutdown, the Trump administration has opted to leave them open to visitors.  Many parks have been forced […]

‘Somebody does need to challenge the president’: Republican Jeff Flake calls for civility, says Trump ‘owns’ the government shutdown

Evan Vucci/AP The retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona urged members of his political party to challenge the president, days before he is scheduled to retire from Capitol Hill. “Somebody does need to challenge the president,” Flake said in a CNN interview on Friday. “I think that the country needs to be reminded what […]

The government shutdown is now in day 6 — here’s how long previous government shutdowns have lasted

Mark Wilson/Getty Images The government shutdown is now in its sixth day. This is the 21st time the federal government has had a funding lapse since the modern budgeting process began. Most of those times the shutdown has been short and not involved employees being sent home, but that has changed in recent years. As […]