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The 35-day partial government shutdown exacerbated serious problems afflicting the IRS, according to a report from the National Taxpayer Advocate. The day before the shutdown ended, for example, “over 5 million pieces of mail that had not been batched for processing."

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Was it worth all the difficulties caused by President Trump's 35-day shutdown that resulted in a big political loss for him? Trump thinks so, but no rational person does.

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Federal employees, having weathered the recent 35-day shut down, prepare for another one this week if tentative congressional budget deal falters.

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Many positions remain unfilled because the president hasn’t sent nominees to the Senate.

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Chas Freeman, a retired Foreign Service officer, was instrumental in opening U.S. relations with China. Now he sees the possibility of not just a trade war but a hot war with the Asian giant.

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The partial government shutdown could lead to a longer than usual gap in the distribution of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, often called food stamps. As a result, millions of poor Americans could "face heightened difficulties affording food."

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There hasn't been as much talk about the lingering emotional and psychological issues from the partial government shutdown, but that stress can lead to "increased work–family conflict" and other problems, according to research.

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Slicing through the relief that the longest government shutdown has finally stopped is the lasting damage of President Trump’s reprehensible folly. Charles Smith, for example, a three-decade federal employee, has decided to file for retirement on the first day after the shutdown.

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In a policy reversal sure to sting suffering federal employees, the Trump administration is calling some furloughed feds back to work with no pay so agencies can pay federal contractors.

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President Trump proudly started the shutdown, and he can end it. But Trump can’t be counted on to do the right thing. The time is quickly approaching when Democrats should change their stance for the good of the nation.

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