Thousands were ordered back to work to process refunds without pay during the shutdown, but hundreds have permission not to work because of financial hardship, and union leaders expect absences to surge as part of a coordinated protest.
The 800,000 federal workers expecting to miss a second paycheck are an extreme example of a tactic the president has used repeatedly: He threatens a calamity and insists he’ll address it only if his adversary capitulates to a separate demand.
After two years in office, the president’s affection for autocrats and disregard for democratic values abroad has affected how others govern, experts say, and a generation of leaders who resemble him is consolidating power and growing bolder in its willingness to flout democratic principles and norms.
After a viral video and a presidential tweet put a group of Covington students in the national spotlight, their Catholic school was shut down Tuesday because of security concerns, and demonstrators gathered outside the diocese.
At the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, the former senator and secretary of state was asked what he would say to the president if he were seated next to him. After hesitating, Kerry said he’d tell Trump: “Resign.”