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THE NATIONAL FEDERATION of Independent Business’s optimism index fell 3.2 points to 101.2, the lowest since November 2016. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/SCOTT EELLS

U.S. small-business optimism hits 2-year low amid shutdown

NEW YORK - Sentiment among United States small businesses slumped in January to the lowest level since Donald Trump became president, as the economic...
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...
THE U.S. SENATE blocked two rival proposals to reopen U.S. government agencies in largely partisan votes Thursday. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Senate extends shutdown deadlock by blocking spending measures

NEW YORK - The Senate blocked two rival proposals to reopen U.S. government agencies in largely partisan votes, leaving President Donald Trump and lawmakers...
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...
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 IMPACT OF the partial government shutdown is expected to expand exponentially the longer the shutdown extends as federal agencies, without intervention, will run out of cash on hand or lose unpaid employees to staff integral positions. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ELIJAH NOUVELAGE

The shutdown’s bad. Buckle up because it could get much worse

NEW YORK - Airport security screeners could quit en masse, grounding flights. The federal courts could stop hearing civil cases. City buses could stop running. And...
THE SHUTDOWN of the Small Business Administration has paused approval of roughly $200 million in SBA-guaranteed loans per day since the agency was furloughed on Dec. 22, according to the Washington Post.

WaPo: Furlough of SBA affects over $200M in loans for small...

PROVIDENCE – The partial federal shutdown has paused approvals of new U.S. Small Business Administration-backed loans, the Washington Post reported Friday. The Post said that...
U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE President Thomas Donohue urged the president to resolve his differences with Congress over a border wall and ease tariffs in the chamber's annual address. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Top U.S. business lobby takes on Trump over shutdown, trade

NEW YORK - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce took on President Donald Trump over the partial government shutdown and trade tensions, urging him to resolve...
SHUTDOWN: Federal contractors could be out more than $200 million a day in lost or delayed revenue from the partial government shutdown. / BLOOMBERG NEWS

Shutdown puts $200M a day in federal contracts at risk

NEW YORK - If recent history is any guide, federal contractors could be out more than $200 million a day in lost or delayed revenue...
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