The partial government shutdown was supposed to be a brief non-event for the economy. Now it's starting to look like a serious crisis that could nudge the U.S. toward recession and threaten President Donald Trump's economic message during his reelection campaign.
The prominent law firm Skadden Arps reached a civil settlement with federal law enforcement today over work it performed in Ukraine on Paul Manafort's request, the Justice Department announced in a statement. The firm agreed to pay $4.6 million that it secretly received for the work that it performed on behalf of the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice, and agreed to retroactively register as a foreign agent of the Ukrainian government. read more
Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that he never denied President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 campaign, only that the President himself was not involved in collusion. read more
The federal court that contains special counsel Robert Mueller's grand jury can only afford to pay its workers through January 18 -- and if the government shutdown continues after, it may have to furlough jurors or have them go without pay.
The Democratic National Committee has become the latest group to removed its name from the list of sponsors of the Women's March less than 24 hours after one of the March's leaders refused to denounce Louis Farrakhan during a nationally televised interview. read more