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House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown

Democrats controlling the House hope to pass a government-wide temporary funding bill on Tuesday that would keep federal agencies fully up and running into December and prevent a partial shutdown of the government after the current budget year expires at the end of the month.

The Korean Baseball Organization is back from the coronavirus shutdown. Is this what Mariners games will look like?

For ultra-early risers, very-late night owls and insomniacs, or specifically baseball-starved fans craving a Major League Baseball season that came achingly close to starting, there was an oasis of live sports relief last week during the hours most people are asleep. After a delay due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Korean Baseball Organization started its 2020 season last Monday. In the search for programming while leagues in the United States are shut down, ESPN worked out a deal to broadcast six live KBO games per week, with an English broadcast done by announcers in the U.S.

California county defies governor’s virus shutdown order

A rural California county allowed nonessential businesses to reopen and diners to eat in restaurants on Friday, becoming the first to defy Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statewide orders barring such moves during the coronavirus pandemic.

Patrick Connor: Swift action needed to save small businesses, state economy

Small businesses can’t wait much longer for governors to allow them to safely and responsibly restart operations. Too many are teetering on the precipice of closing permanently, eliminating jobs deemed “essential” by the workers who fill them and the families they support.

Coronavirus brings entertainment world to a standstill

The entertainment industry prepared Thursday for an unprecedented shutdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, canceling upcoming movies, suspending all Broadway performances and scuttling concert tours until it’s safe to welcome crowds back.

Trumps signs stopgap spending bill, averting shutdown

President Trump signed the Republican-held Senate’s temporary governmentwide spending bill that would keep federal agencies up and running through Dec. 20 and avert a government shutdown after midnight Thursday

Marc A. Thiessen: Trump shouldn’t be forcing Republicans to choose fidelity to him or to the Constitution

If the goal is to build a border wall, then President Trump has made the wrong decision at every turn. In early 2018, Trump had the opportunity to secure $25 billion in funding for his border wall in exchange for legal status for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients. Instead of taking the deal, he blew up the negotiations with his “s---hole” countries remark and by demanding changes to legal immigration policy. Then in June, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $1.6 billion for 65 miles of fencing by an overwhelming bipartisan 26-5 margin. This could easily have passed the House and Senate. Instead, Trump later shut down the government over wall funding and demanded $5.7 billion. Result? After a disastrous 35-day shutdown, he got less – $1.38 billion – than he would have if he had just gone along with the bipartisan deal six months earlier.

Congress OKs border deal; Trump will sign, declare emergency

Congress lopsidedly approved a border security compromise Thursday that would avert a second painful government shutdown, but a new confrontation was ignited – this time over President Donald Trump’s plan to bypass lawmakers and declare a national emergency to siphon billions from other federal coffers for his wall on the Mexican boundary.

Lawmakers have deal to avert shutdown, they say

Key lawmakers announced a tentative deal late Monday that would avert another government shutdown at the end of the week while denying President Donald Trump much of the money he’s sought to build new walls along the U.S.-Mexico border.