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 […]

Jimmy Kimmel Plans to Hire Federal Employees at Live Until Shutdown Ends

As the partial government shutdown wears on, Jimmy Kimmel is lending a hand to those who need it most. On Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live broadcast, the late-night host revealed that he will hire federal employees to work at his show “tonight and every night until the shutdown is over.” In the wake of the shutdown — […]

US transport security workers forced to work for free during shutdown call in sick en masse

US Transportation Security Administration employees are calling in sick in protest over being forced to work without pay during the government shutdown that shows no signs of ending after 14 days. After a recent CNN report that call-ins have shot up, more than doubling in some cases and affecting four major airports, TSA and its […]

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 […]

Trump tweeted at Nancy Pelosi to end the shutdown over the wall: ‘Let’s make a deal?’

Evan Vucci/AP President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon to ask House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to “make a deal” that includes funding for a wall along the southern US border. Trump’s tweet comes 11 days into a partial government shutdown that came after gridlock among congressional lawmakers who did not secure Trump’s requested $ 5 […]

‘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 […]

‘Whatever it takes’: Trump talks shutdown and doubles down on desire for border wall on trip to Iraq

Joshua Roberts/Reuters A shutdown affecting parts of the federal government appeared no closer to resolution Wednesday, with President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats locked in a hardening standoff over border wall money that threatens to carry over into January. Trump vowed to hold the line, telling reporters as he flew to Iraq that he’ll do […]