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Trump Fears Schiff Is Recruiting White House Employees for Probe

Trump Fears Schiff Is Recruiting White House Employees for ProbeSchiff has hired one former career official at the National Security Council, Abigail Grace, who left the White House last year, the people said. A second career employee detailed to the Trump White House is also considering joining Schiff’s staff, according to people familiar with the matter.



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'Alleluia! … Time to go back to work': Federal employees return Monday, will get back pay

'Alleluia! ... Time to go back to work': Federal employees return Monday, will get back payAbout 800,000 federal employees who went without paychecks during the government shutdown should almost all get their back pay by week's end.



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Shutdown hits national security employees across government

Shutdown hits national security employees across governmentOfficials serving in intelligence and national security roles in the FBI; the departments of Homeland Security, State and Justice; and other agencies have large numbers of employees either furloughed or working but not being paid.



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PayPal offers up to $500 credit for U.S. federal employees affected by shutdown

PayPal offers up to $  500 credit for U.S. federal employees affected by shutdownEmployees who use PayPal Credit will be able to avail an advance of up to $ 500 each, without having to pay any interest, and the program will last until the government reopens and employees receive their first paycheck, the company said on its website bit.ly/2Cs7xAY. The partial shutdown, which hit the four-week mark on Friday, is the longest in U.S. history. The shutdown means 800,000 federal workers nationwide would continue to go unpaid and some government functions would remain impaired.



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U.S. State Department recalls furloughed employees amid shutdown

U.S. State Department recalls furloughed employees amid shutdownThe U.S. State Department said on Thursday it was calling its furloughed employees back to work next week as it takes steps to pay salaries despite a partial shutdown of the government. “As a national security agency, it is imperative that the Department of State carries out its mission,” Deputy Under Secretary of State Bill Todd said in a statement posted on the department’s website. “Although most personnel operations can resume, bureaus and posts are expected to adhere to strict budget constraints with regard to new spending for contracts, travel, and other needs” given a lapse in congressionally appropriated funds, Todd added.



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Palestinian Authority pulls employees from Egypt-Gaza crossing

Palestinian Authority pulls employees from Egypt-Gaza crossingThe dispute over the border stems from a rift between the PA, based in the occupied West Bank and headed by Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and the Islamist militant group Hamas, which took control of Gaza more than a decade ago in a civil war. Re-opening the Rafeh crossing, which according to human rights groups is the sole exit point from Gaza for an estimated 95 percent of its 2 million population, will require Egypt to agree on a new operator. It is unclear whether it will allow Hamas to run the passage.



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It’s not just Apple: Baidu CEO warns employees that ‘winter is coming’

It’s not just Apple: Baidu CEO warns employees that ‘winter is coming’As China continues to suffer an economic slowdown as trade-related tensions with the US drag on, the CEO of what is essentially the Google of China has sent out a letter to his employees with an ominous warning drawn from pop culture: Winter is coming.

Baidu CEO Robin Li wrote in his letter that the Beijing-based search engine company earned 100 billion yuan (the US equivalent of $ 14.6 billion) in revenue last year. But analysts, according to The South China Morning Post, had forecast 101.45 billion yuan, with the revenue miss coming as the second-largest economy in the world continues to be saddled with its slowest growth in decades, blamed in large measure on the US trade war, which has spurred hiring freezes and job cuts in China.

Apple CEO Tim Cook released a letter of his own to investors Wednesday that landed like a bombshell, thanks to its revision downward of the company's revenue forecast for the typically busy holiday quarter. Analysts spent the subsequent news cycle pondering whether this was an Apple-specific problem or emblematic of a larger issue — with the letter from Baidu's chief executive arguably answering that question.

Following up on his warning, Li wrote that the inevitability of economic slowdowns is "as cold and real as winter to every company," and then shifted toward a more optimistic note: "Only when the year grows cold do we see the qualities of the pine and the cypress … It's high time that Baidu stepped forward as a platform company."

In his letter, Li in addition to prodding employees to step up their game also praised the potential of artificial intelligence, saying its benefits include helping bring down costs among Baidu's customers. And that the "historical transformation of AI is penetrating various industries, unleashing enormous growth potential and room for upgrade."

According to a CNBC report today, the trade war between the US and China is the reason growth estimates for China for 2019 have been cut from 6.5 percent to 6.3 percent already. And companies ranging from Apple to Ford have publicly expressed concern about the country's economy over the near term.

Baidu was founded by Li in 2000 and, like Google, makes most of its money from advertising.



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Federal Government Advised Furloughed Employees to Offer Manual Labor for Rent During Shutdown

Federal Government Advised Furloughed Employees to Offer Manual Labor for Rent During Shutdown"I would like to discuss with you the possibility of trading my services to perform maintenance (e.g. painting, carpentry work) in exchange for partial rent payments"



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Federal Government Advised Furloughed Employees to Offer Manual Labor for Rent During Shutdown

Federal Government Advised Furloughed Employees to Offer Manual Labor for Rent During Shutdown"I would like to discuss with you the possibility of trading my services to perform maintenance (e.g. painting, carpentry work) in exchange for partial rent payments"



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#Shutdownstories: federal employees reveal impact of government closure

#Shutdownstories: federal employees reveal impact of government closureThe area next to the National Christmas Tree is closed in Washington DC on 24 December as part of the partial government shutdown. Federal employees affected by the partial shutdown of the US government have been voicing their frustrations of spending the holidays worrying about their next paycheck. Donald Trump marked Christmas Day by insisting the shutdown will last until his demand for funds to build a wall on the US-Mexico border is met.



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