Amid shutdown, government helps fund Trump's private New Year's party

It’s not much money in the grand scheme of things, but it’s definitely more than most federal workers could make from loofah-ing dead skin off the buttocks of their landlords. (Or painting or doing carpentry work or whatever, but who are we kidding? Landlords want their buttocks loofah-ed. Or am I overgeneralizing from my own…

Non-furloughed workers can’t take vacation during a shutdown—unless their names are Jared or Ivanka

Putting aside Donald Trump’s ridiculously authoritarian decision to put his freaking kids in top White House positions, the fact remains that they are federal employees. When Ivanka Trump was made “Special Counsel” and husband Jared Kushner was put in charge of everything, they filed official paperwork (including Form 278) which legally binds them to ethics rules. Upon taking…

Can They Approve Judges During a Government Shutdown?

I can’t find any information on this topic yet, but I was wondering if the U.S. Senate can approve Trump’s judicial nominees while there is a partial government shutdown?  The only verification of this potential hiccup for Mitch McConnell was the fear expressed by Fox if there was a government shutdown during the process to…