Republican Senator Collins says as many as 20 colleagues want to end impasse

Republican Senator Collins says as many as 20 colleagues want to end impasseWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Moderate U.S. Republican Senator Susan Collins said a substantial number of her colleagues are eager to find a way out of the government shutdown, but details of a deal are "in flux."




Statue of Liberty to reopen; shutdown keeps other parks, monuments closed

Statue of Liberty to reopen; shutdown keeps other parks, monuments closedBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Statue of Liberty will reopen on Monday even if the U.S. government shutdown extends into the work week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday, vowing to use state funds to keep the landmark monument in operation. Dozens of other national parks and monuments were expected to remain partially or entirely closed after Congress failed to agree on a spending plan to keep the government running past a Friday midnight deadline. "Not all parks are fully open but we are all working hard to make as many areas as accessible to the public as possible," U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Twitter on Saturday.




U.S. Senate's McConnell, Schumer to talk about shutdown: Cornyn

U.S. Senate's McConnell, Schumer to talk about shutdown: CornynWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the chamber's Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, plan to talk on Sunday about the government shutdown that began a day ago, Senate Republican whip John Cornyn said. Cornyn provided no details about whether the two would speak by phone or in person. "I know they're planning on having a conversation, which would be good," Cornyn told reporters in a Capitol hallway. "That strikes me as constructive. ...




U.S. House would accept bill funding government to Feb. 8: Ryan

U.S. House would accept bill funding government to Feb. 8: RyanU.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday that the House of Representatives would accept a bill funding the government through Feb. 8 and ending the current shutdown of federal agencies if the Senate can pass the measure. "So we will see sometime today whether or not they have the votes for that (in the Senate)." Senate Republican leaders have said the chamber will vote on the measure to fund the government through Feb. 8 at 1 a.m. EST (0600 GMT) on Monday, unless Democrats agree to hold the vote sooner.




Trump campaign ad on murder raises heat in shutdown fight

Trump campaign ad on murder raises heat in shutdown fightU.S. President Donald Trump's presidential campaign on Saturday issued a new video ad calling Democrats "complicit" in murders committed by illegal immigrants, during a government shutdown partly triggered by an impasse over immigration. The Trump campaign released the ad, titled "Complicit," on the anniversary of the Republican president's inauguration. It focuses on an undocumented immigrant, Luis Bracamontes, charged in the 2014 killings of two police officers in Sacramento, California.




Republican congressman removed from ethics committee

Republican congressman removed from ethics committee(Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan removed Representative Patrick Meehan from the House Ethics Committee on Saturday following sexual misconduct allegations, Ryan's office said. Earlier Saturday, the New York Times published an article saying Meehan, 62, used thousands of dollars of taxpayer money to settle a sexual misconduct claim from a former female aide who accused of making unwanted romantic overtures. Ryan told Meehan to repay whatever taxpayer funds were used to settle the case, the speaker's spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, said in a statement.




As Trump begins second year, women stage nationwide protests

As Trump begins second year, women stage nationwide protestsBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women's March, a nationwide series of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office. The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and about 250 other cities featured speakers who blasted Trump for policies that many said hurt women and urged voters to turn out for congressional elections in November. “Your vote is the most powerful tool at your individual disposal,” actress Eva Longoria told the Los Angeles rally.