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US federal employees are now hostage to Donald Trump’s ego

The government shutdown is now the longest in US history. But the president isn’t done sulking yet

By Diane Roberts  


Federal prison guards are pulling double shifts. When they can get to work, that is. Federal penitentiaries are often in remote rural areas and since the guards aren’t getting paid, some can’t afford to buy petrol.

Transportation Security officers, the ones who poke through your bag before you get on the plane, are calling in sick: ten per cent of them, as of 21stJanuary. They might simply be fed up or they may be looking for other work. In any case, airport queues are longer…

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