BASKERVILLE, Va. - The government check hadn't arrived, and John Boyd was out of seeds. So he left his family farm here in southern Virginia on Tuesday and went to the local Farm Service Agency office, a last-ditch attempt to see if any essential personnel with the U.S. Department of Agriculture were still working. He was hoping they could help, even with the partial federal government shutdown stretching to its 19th day.
The National Treasury Employees Union became the second federal employees' union to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the shutdown. Tuesday's, Jan. 8, collective action alleges more than 400,000 federal employees - including tens of thousands of NTEU members - are being forced to work without pay during the partial government closure. The complaint asked that the named plaintiff, Customs and Border Protection Officer Albert Vieira, and other similarly classified individuals be paid owed wages.
TransCanada Corp. is taking the Canada out of its name. The Calgary-based firm that was created in 1951 as TransCanada Pipelines to bring natural gas to Eastern Canada from Alberta, will change its name to TC Energy in the second quarter. The TRP ticker symbol used on the Toronto and New Stock Exchanges will remain.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has told people close to him that he expects to depart the Justice Department if a new attorney general is confirmed, though there are no concrete plans in place or timeline for him to do so, according to people familiar with the matter.
The pictures emerging from the scene of an anti-pipeline action in British Columbia could not be more off-brand for Justin Trudeau. The Canadian prime minister came to power on a promise to rebuild the relationship between Canadian authorities and indigenous communities. Though he's won plaudits for being willing to address these issues, critics often wonder how much his government has accomplished in the name of reconciliation.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., delivered a brief joint response that was carried live by all the major television networks.
WASHINGTON - The government shutdown has stalled President Donald Trump's program to send billions of dollars to farmers hurt by the trade war with China as the Agriculture Department office responsible for administering the payouts is closed for lack of funding. On Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the department has extended the deadline for farmers to apply for bailout payments. The application window was slated to close Jan. 15, but Perdue said Tuesday that the deadline will be extended, at minimum, weeks after the shutdown ends.
A Russian lawyer whose role at a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower has come under scrutiny from special counsel Robert Mueller was charged Tuesday in a separate case with obstructing justice in a money-laundering investigation. Natalia Veselnitskaya became a central figure in the Mueller probe when it was revealed that in June 2016, she met with Donald Trump Jr., after an intermediary indicated she had dirt on Hillary Clinton. But the charges unsealed Tuesday say she made a "misleading declaration" to the court in a civil case.
WASHINGTON - Paul Manafort shared 2016 presidential campaign polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, an associate whom the FBI has said has ties to Russian intelligence, according to a court filing. The information is in a filing that appears to inadvertently include information not intended to be made public and indicates a pathway by which the Russians could have had access to Trump campaign data.
As a game warden for Oklahoma's Department of Wildlife Conservation, Cannon Harrison is used to working on investigations that take months and months. Catching poachers - whose illegal deeds often take place under the cover of night, in remote areas far from any road - frequently means relying on anonymous tips, conducting surveillance in small planes and collecting footage from hunters' trail cameras. His latest bust, however, came easily - courtesy of the dating app Bumble.