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SNAP assistance money arrived early this month thanks to the government shutdown.

The government shutdown is forcing millions of Americans to stretch their monthly food benefits to the limit

Thanks to the shutdown, government food assistance payments — known as SNAP, or food stamps — came early this month. Recipients will have to stretch those funds.

The government shutdown could cause the US economy to shrink, Credit Suisse warns

As the longest shutdown on record continues into its fifth week, some think growth could turn negative in the largest economy
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence pause after placing a wreath at the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington.

Trump made an unannounced visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial to honor the civil rights icon

Trump and Pence placed a wreath at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial during their brief visit to the Washington DC site on Monday morning.
A demonstrator holds a placard during a protest against the border wall

Cards Against Humanity survey shows how absurdly inconsistent Americans can be with their political views

The findings highlight some of the hilarious yet troubling inconsistencies in Americans' political views, on the Democratic and the Republican sides.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called into a Twitch stream of Donkey Kong 64 to help raise money for transgender kids

Ocasio-Cortez joined a fundraising session started by British YouTube star Hbomberguy on Sunday for the charity Mermaid.
The White House.

Here’s everyone who has officially announced they are running for president in 2020

From the Democratic frontrunners to the dark horses, here's a complete list of who has officially announced a 2020 bid for the White House.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced her presidential bid in a video.

What women eyeing a run for the White House can expect from voters and the media in 2020

INSIDER spoke with political experts about what female presidential candidates can expect from voters and the media in 2020.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speak to the media ahead of a possible partial government shut down in Washington, U.S., December 20, 2018.

Trump offered Democrats a limited immigration ‘compromise’ to end the shutdown. Democrats say it’s a ‘hostage taking.’

President Donald Trump is expected to offer Democrats protections for DACA recipients and other undocumented immigrants in exchange for border wall funds.

A huge number of economists agree we need a policy to fight climate change — but lawmakers aren’t getting on board

What do recent Republican White House economic advisers have in common with their Democratic counterparts? They think the US needs to tax carbon.
A scene in Venezuela, following protests and riots.

Bipartisan group in Congress wants to extend temporary protected status to Venezuelans fleeing unrest

The US already offers temporary protected status to nationals from 10 different countries.