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A FEDERAL OFFICIAL said that the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will see its $2.3 billion budget slashed by about 70 percent, to $700 million, under President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget request. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MATTHEW STAVER

Trump said to again seek deep cuts in renewable energy funding

NEW YORK - The Trump administration is again seeking severe cuts to the U.S. Energy Department division charged with renewable energy and energy efficiency...
THE U.S. TRADE deficit widened in 2018 to a 10-year high of $621 billion. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/TIM RUEM

U.S. trade gap surged to $621B in 2018, highest in decade

NEW YORK -The United States trade deficit widened in 2018 to a 10-year high of $621 billion, bucking President Donald Trump’s pledges to reduce...
ROUGHLY 10.9 MILLION people are losing out deductions for state and local taxes due to the $10,000 state and local taxes deduction cap included in the 2017 tax overhaul. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

SALT cap will leave nearly 10.9M people feeling tax pain

NEW YORK - About 10.9 million people are losing out on one of their most prized tax breaks - the deduction for state and...
THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE estimated that the five-week partial federal shutdown will have cost the United States economy $3 billion. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/AL DRAGO

CBO sees Trump shutdown as an economic blip totaling $3B

NEW YORK - The five-week partial shutdown of the United States government will ultimately cost the world’s biggest economy just $3 billion, though the...
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP announced Friday that a deal has been reached to reopen the government for three weeks. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/AL DRAGO

Trump unveils agreement to reopen government for 3 weeks

NEW YORK - President Donald Trump announced a deal to reopen the government for three weeks, ending a 35-day partial shutdown touched off by...
TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION agents work at a check point inside O'Hare International Airport in Chicago recently. With screeners calling in sick in larger-than-normal numbers, U.S. airports have been experiencing disruptions. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

U.S. airport screener absences triple as shutdown continues

WASHINGTON – The number of U.S. airport screeners who took unscheduled absences rose to 10 percent on Sunday, more than triple that of a...
FEDERAL FUNDING for General Dynamics Electric Boat’s U.S. Navy submarine construction program in Rhode Island and Connecticut should be secure as the company plans to hire hundreds of additional workers and expand its network of suppliers as the company ramps up the program in coming years./COURTESY/GENERAL DYNAMICS ELECTRIC BOAT

Trump, Dems agree on funding for Electric Boat sub program

Despite the federal budget standoff, Republican President Donald Trump and Rhode Island’s Democratic congressional leaders seem to agree on one important thing for the...

Weisman sworn in as new U.S. Attorney for District of Rhode...

PROVIDENCE – Aaron L. Weisman has been sworn in as the state’s U.S. attorney, the Department of Justice announced Jan. 14.Weisman was nominated by...
A WALL GROWS: The existing U.S.-Mexico border wall in Tijuana, Mexico, is only a physical manifestation of the growing wall in the local body politic over the nation’s immigration policies and enforcement. 
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Is the government shutdown a net positive or a net negative...

With the federal government shutdown having become the longest in history, it may be time to make some qualitative judgments about its effects, short...
THE PARTIAL FEDERAL government shutdown is in its 26th day on Thursday. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JULIA SCHMALZ

Partial federal government shutdown having local impact

PROVIDENCE – As the partial federal government shutdown drags on, local effects on those reliant on federal programs and those furloughed as federal employees...
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