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The astonishing effects of the shutdown, in 8 charts

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The longest shutdown, by the numbers.

Javier Zarracina <https://www.vox.com/authors/javier-zarracina>and Li Zhou <https://www.vox.com/authors/li-zhou>, Vox <https://www.vox.com>

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Jan 12, 2019 | It’s now Day 24 of the partial government shutdown, and it’s officially the longest one ever.

While President Donald Trump and Democrats continue to duke it out over the politics of a border wall, the impact of the stalemate has already become very, very real for hundreds of thousands of federal workers, many of whom missed their first paycheck on Friday.

The National Parks Service, the Transportation Security Administration, and the IRS are just a few of the government agencies that have been affected by the impasse, which is expected to cause serious economic fallout as well.

Here are eight charts that illustrate what exactly the costs of the shutdown are.

Javier Zarracina creates infographics,mapsand charts for Vox.com. Before he worked at Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and El Correo (Bilbao),

and Li Zhou: Politics and Policy Reporter, Vox

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From the Archives | How America’s rejection of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany haunts our refugee policy today.

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On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, it’s important to remember why America welcomes refugees.

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Jan27,2017 | Desperate people, fleeing a terrifying, bloodthirsty regime, try to find refuge in the US. But the American government and the public don't want to accept them. They worry https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/ae9d47833d6fb8dca3a9b8c101a4f9855147d7f8/792_108_2208_1325/master/2208.jpg?w=620&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=03f0d3fdd181abeefa8fbcdba47b39d0that accepting refugees would put citizens at risk, and they don't see the refugee crisis as their problem to fix. So they are turned away.

This is what President Donald Trump is about to sign America up for, if widespread reports are correct that he’s on the verge of signing an executive order that would ban all refugees from settling in the US for 4 months and ban Syrian refugees indefinitely.

We’ve been here before.

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Fact-Checking Trump’s Misleading And Outright False Claims From His Border Address

 

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  • Take a look at some of the biggest lies from the president’s speech below.
  • Again, Mexico is not paying for the wall.

Nick Visser, Carla Herreria, and Saba Hamedy, Huffington Post

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01/09/2019 | President Donald Trump addressed the nation live from the Oval Office on Tuesday night in an attempt to drum up support for his border wall. But the 10-minute address, carried on every major television network in America, was rife with double-speak, cherry-picked statistics, and outright falsehoods. (Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: Read 'lies'.)

Take a look at some of the biggest lies from the president’s speech below.

Nick Visser: Senior Reporter; Carla Herreria: Hawaii-based reporter; and Saba Hamedy: news editor; Huffington Post

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Harvard law prof: Trump is a 'national emergency'. Jon Street, Campus Reform

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  • Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig says President Donald Trump is a "national emergency."
  • Lessig made the comment on MSNBC on Sunday, just after Trump entertained the idea of declaring a national emergency to secure border wall funds.
  • Related: Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate.

Harvard law prof: Trump is a 'national emergency'.


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  • Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig says President Donald Trump is a "national emergency."
  • Lessig made the comment on MSNBC on Sunday, just after Trump entertained the idea of declaring a national emergency to secure border wall funds.
  • Related: Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate.

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Jon Street, Campus Reform

Jan 07, 2019 | Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig said Sunday that President Donald Trump is a "national emergency." 

Lessig's comments came on the heels of Trump saying that he "may declare a national emergency" if Congress does not act to appropriate enough money for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Some congressional Democrats raised legality questions after Trump made the comment. Lessig was not pleased by the statement, either. 

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Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate. Lawrence Lessig, the Guardian

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No reading of our constitution would ever uphold the view that a president can stop the functioning of government, to insist upon a program unsupported by the public.
 

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Matt Taibbi and the Truths He Spoke Against the Industries of Death, Teodrose Fikre, Ghion Journal

“Political power in this country is not divided between right and left, and not even between rich and poor. The real line is between a war party, and everyone else.” --Matt Taibb

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Comprehensive plan is estimated to reduce U.S. health consumption expenditures by nearly 10 percent, while providing decent health care coverage to all Americans

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How to Be a Better Thinker, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Is Logic Lost?
  • How to Think Better
  • there already is a cognitive enhancing tool
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  • Part 3: The Last Curious Man
  • The enormous life of Anthony Bourdain, according to those who knew him best.

 

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Economics

The market will not fix Twin Cities' affordable housing crisis. Carol Becker, Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune

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  • Developers are building new luxury units in the metro, but they are out of reach for most. Without subsidies, that math won't change. 
  • Related: More Housing, Not Shelters

Religion & Spirituality

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  • We get one shot at life and we get it on this one planet. Let's not ruin it.
  • Related: Preaching on Climate Change: Why it Matters

Let the church die, so that the church might live, Mark Piper, National Catholic Reporter

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  • Young Voices: Catholic ritual and liturgies counter our culture's death-denial. But what of a church that refuses to look upon itself and denies that it is in its own season of death?
  • Related: Open letter to the US Catholic bishops: It's over.

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Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate.

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 / ‘The president ran on a promise to build a wall paid for by Mexico.’ Photograph: UPI/Barcroft Images

No reading of our constitution would ever uphold the view that a president can stop the functioning of government, to insist upon a program unsupported by the public.

Lawrence Lessig, the Guardian

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Friday 4 January 2019 | t feels quaint – maybe a bit absurd – to remark the fact that Donald Trump has no constitutionally moral justification for his demand that Congress fund the building of a wall on the Mexican border. Such an argument feels absurd when made against this president. Yet it should not be insignificant to Congress.

The president ran on a promise to build a wall “paid for by Mexico”. No majority of Americans has ever voted to support that idea. But that idea is not the notion that is now shutting down the government. A wall paid for by taxpayers is. That wall certainly was a central issue in the 2018 midterm elections. Overwhelmingly, the public rejected it as well. Thus has the president earned public support for neither version of his Mexican wall. Yet he is using his veto power to demand that Americans pay for a wall before he will allow the government to reopen.

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L Furman professor of law and leadership at Harvard Law School and the director of the Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

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Therapists Advise The Best Resolutions You Can Make - and Keep.

  • Part 1: These Are The Best Resolutions You Can Make, According To Therapists
  • If you've been slow to choose or implement a New Year's resolution this year, this will help you get on track.
  • Part 2: Six secrets of people who keep their New Year's resolutions.
  • “People who are successful realize that resolutions are not a one-time change.”

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part !: These Are The Best Resolutions You Can Make, According To Therapists

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  • Experts recommend creating resolutions that serve your mental or emotional health in order to make goals stick.
  • If you've been slow to choose or implement a New Year's resolution this year, this will help you get on track.

Paige Smith, Huffington Post

12/28/2018 | When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, people are either staunch defenders of the practice or vocal critics. On one hand, resolutions provide purpose and structure for those interested in self-improvement; on the other hand, they tend not to work.



"The trick is to create resolutions that are focused more on holistic improvement and progress, rather than on achieving a specific result. Think of your resolution as an intention, or a conscious daily,weekly or monthly choice that will help you improve an area of your life."



Most people quit their resolutions after a couple of months, said Melissa Coats, a licensed professional counselor, psychotherapist and owner of Coats Counseling in Georgia. If you struggle with anxiety or feelings of inadequacy, she explained, the pressure to succeed can be particularly damaging.

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Fast Company, For the Interested

December31,2017 | It’s one thing to make a New Year’s resolution, it’s another to stick with it for more than one year.

Fast Company interviewed six people who have kept their resolutions for multiple years to find out how to stick with your resolutions.

Their tips include to base your resolution on small changes, write down your resolution every day, and make failure difficult for yourself.

Fast Company: inspiring readers to think beyond traditional boundaries & create the future of business.

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Matt Taibbi and the Truths He Spoke Against the Industries of Death

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“Political power in this country is not divided between right and left, and not even between rich and poor. The real line is between a war party, and everyone else.” ~ Matt Taibbi

Teodrose Fikre, Ghion Journal
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Too many Americans have been shielded from the horrors that are unleashed by the military-financial complex. The bloody reality of riddled bodies and shattered lives has been sanitized by propagandists who put on the guise of reporters—human suffering hidden by euphemisms, technology and distance. Taibbi made it his intention to speak against these distortions that are purveyed by professional dissimulators who commit journalistic malpractice on a regular basis. From the outset, Taibbi brings to light the lunacy of the perpetual “War on Terror” that has done everything to perpetuate terror while making us less safe.

https://i2.wp.com/ghionjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/gravatar/29196465_10156022729414404_6911631018176899444_n.jpg?w=80&ssl=1 / Teodrose Fikre is the editor and founder of the Ghion Journal. A published author and prolific writer, a once defense consultant was profoundly changed by a two year journey of hardship and struggle. Going from a life of upper-middle class privilege to a time spent with the huddled masses taught Teodrose a valuable lesson in the essence of togetherness and the need to speak against injustice.

Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and winner of the 2008 National Magazine Award for columns and commentary.

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