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The upcoming Senate votes to end the shutdown: A closer look

A pair of votes are scheduled in the Senate for Jan. 24 — either of which could end the partial government shutdown after nearly five weeks. But what are in these two measures, one from the Republicans and the other from Democrats? And is there any likelihood of passage? Here’s a rundown. What’s in the Republican bill? The Republican bill (technically an amendment) draws heavily from a proposal that President Donald Trump made in a speech on Jan. 19.

The video of high school students and the Native American drummer: When seeing isn’t believing

Editor's note: Over Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend, a brief video clip seemed to show a teenage boy confronting a tribal elder as other teenagers egged him on. The clip went viral on social media, igniting a fiery debate over what the video actually showed. Here, senior media writer Tom Jones of The Poynter Institute explains why people had differing interpretations. Read more news about the media at Poynter.org. What are we to believe, even when we see something with our own eyes?

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 PolitiFact.com 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.

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