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How much does the government shutdown cost?

Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney, a former Maryland congressman, poured cold water on fans of small government who support the current partial shutdown. “Interesting that some of Trump's advisers think shutdown shrinks government,” Delaney tweeted Jan. 15 in response to a news report. “It costs between $12-20 Million more an HOUR to run gov't during shutdown - it's MORE expensive to run a closed government.” See Figure 1 on Really?

Could Donald Trump declare a national emergency for a border wall? Here's what we know

The United States is in its 28th day of a partial federal government shutdown over the funding of a border wall with Mexico. President Donald Trump is unwilling to sign a spending deal to re-open the government if it doesn’t include billions of dollars for a border wall, and Democrats in Congress aren’t willing to support a bill that provides the money. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he won't have the Senate vote on a proposal that doesn't have Trump's approval.

Comparing progress on Trump, Obama campaign promises at two-year mark

President Donald Trump is not the only presidential subject of scrutiny at PolitiFact. Just like we have been tracking Trump’s promises since the 2016 campaign, we also tallied eight years’ worth of President Barack Obama’s pledges. A key difference is that Obama made far more promises than Trump: We tracked 506 Obama campaign promises during his first term and 102 Trump promises. Obama released far more policy and position papers in his 2008 run, the source of many of his promises.

Your questions about the government shutdown, answered (part 2)

We recently asked readers what they wanted to know about the government shutdown. In a previous installment, we tackled questions about missed work and pay for government employees. Here, we’ll address the legislative process and how the border wall proposal prompted the shutdown. What relationship does funding the border wall have to the shutdown? The dispute concerns funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump made the wall one of his major campaign promises, but Democrats say a wall isn’t a good solution to border security.

At halfway mark, Donald Trump's campaign promises hit roadblocks

“Promises made, promises kept,” went President Donald Trump’s slogan at rally after rally during the midterm elections. It's a lofty mantra. How did he really do?  At his first term’s halfway point, almost half of his promises from the 2016 campaign have been blocked or dropped. On the positive side, close to a third of his goals were achieved or saw partial progress.  Trump had two years with Republicans in control of Congress to turn his campaign priorities into accomplishments.

Your questions about the government shutdown, answered

We recently asked readers what they wanted to know about the government shutdown. Now, we offer some answers. In this installment, we’ll tackle questions about missed work and pay. We’ll address additional topics in the coming days. What agencies and departments are completely shut down? The departments affected by the partial shutdown because their spending bills expired are Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, Justice, parts of Interior (such as the Bureau of Reclamation), State, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Treasury and NASA.

Fact-checking Democrats on the shutdown's effects on food safety, hurricane prep

The pressure to resolve the country’s longest government shutdown grows as more average people begin to notice the impact. The Trump administration has tried to delay that moment. IRS workers are processing tax refunds without pay. The Agriculture Department has dipped into funds to keep food stamp money flowing, at least for a few more weeks. Meanwhile, Democrats have been busy highlighting everything the government is not doing. They’ve said food inspections have stopped, airports are less safe and government computers are more vulnerable to hackers.

Why Trump Is the most fact-checked president

Editor's note: To mark the midpoint of President Donald Trump's first year in office, The Atlantic asked 50 writers to analyze the ways that the Trump presidency has been unprecedented. (Read The Atlantic series.) PolitiFact Editor Angie Drobnic Holan wrote about why Trump is the most fact-checked president.  It’s astounding even now, two years into Donald Trump’s presidency, how many things he says on a daily basis that just aren’t true.

Does Border Patrol catch 90 percent of immigrants crossing the border illegally?

Democratic lawmakers and critics are accusing President Donald Trump of inventing a border crisis to justify a wall. John Sandweg, former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under President Barack Obama, said on CNN that the wall is unnecessary, because the Border Patrol already catches most people trying to sneak across the border.

Trump's real border crisis is the overwhelmed asylum system, experts say

President Donald Trump is basing his latest push for border wall money on the premise that the United States is facing a humanitarian crisis and that a wall will solve it. He used a prime-time televised address on Jan. 8 to rally public support for his position. Any deal to reopen the federal government needs to include $5.7 billion for wall funding, he said. Yet, Trump’s address (we fact-checked it) and his description of a humanitarian crisis weren’t that different from claims he’s made before.