Sunday, January 21, 2018

In the News: women march and rally; government shutdown, mail continues

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"People participating in marches in the United States and around the world walked in support of female empowerment and denounced President Donald Trump’s views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights and women’s rights on the anniversary of his inauguration. 
In Cambridge, several thousand people participated in Saturday’s Cambridge/Boston Women’s March 2018. Many carried anti-Trump signs and wore pink knit hats symbolic of the movement. 
Among the speakers at the rally in Cambridge was Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey, who called Trump an “embarrassment” and a “president who demeans and insults women.”

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"The federal government shutdown only partially curbs operations. But the longer the shutdown continues, the more likely its impact will be felt. 
U.S. troops will stay at their posts and mail will get delivered, but almost half of the 2 million civilian federal workers will be barred from doing their jobs if the shutdown extends into Monday. 
How key parts of the federal government would be affected by a shutdown: 
A shutdown plan posted on the Treasury Department’s website shows that nearly 44 percent of the IRS’ 80,565 employees will be exempt from being furloughed during a shutdown. That would mean nearly 45,500 IRS employees will be sent home just as the agency is preparing for the start of the tax filing season and ingesting the sweeping changes made by the new GOP tax law."
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