TRUMP CLOSER TO DECLAR­ING EMER­GENCY; 800K WON’T GET PAID

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Wash­ing­ton -- Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is edg­ing closer to declar­ing a na­tional emer­gency to fund his long-promised bor­der wall, as pres­sure mounts to find an es­cape hatch from the three­week im­passe that has closed parts of the gov­ern­ment, leav­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of work­ers with­out pay.

Some 800,000 work­ers, more than half of them still on the job, were to miss their first pay­check on Fri­day un­der the stop­page, and Wash­ing­ton was close to set­ting a du­bi­ous record for the long­est gov­ern­ment shut­down in the na­tion's his­tory. Those mark­ers — along with grow­ing ef­fects to na­tional parks, food in­spec­tions and the econ­omy over­all — left some Repub­li­cans on Capi­tol Hill in­creas­ingly un­com­fort­able with Trump's de­mands. AP

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