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Chaos at airports as TSA workers calling out sick en masse as they go without pay during shutdown

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TSA employees forced to work without pay during Donald Trump’s border wall government shutdown have begun calling out sick in large numbers in major airports.

“This will definitely affect the flying public who we (are) sworn to protect,” the president of the TSA’s national union, Hydrick Thomas, told CNN.

According to Thomas, over 170 TSA employees have called out sick each day this week at New York City’s John F. Kennedy airport. To cover, morning shift officers “were required to work extra hours to cover the gaps” — without pay.

Another TSA official told the network that at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, employee call outs increased between 200 and 300 percent.

“Union officials stress that the absences are not part of an organized action,” CNN reported, “but believe the number of people calling out will likely increase.”

As the shutdown continues, TSA officials expect the call outs to increase.

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“This problem of call outs is really going to explode over the next week or two when employees miss their first paycheck,” a DFW airport union official told CNN. “TSA officers are telling the union they will find another way to make money. That means calling out to work other jobs.”

You can read more about the shutdown’s effect on TSA below and via CNN.

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Joe Biden promises to answer questions about his son’s overseas business dealings — after he’s elected

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Joe Biden refused to answer questions about his son's overseas business dealings.

The Democratic presidential frontrunner has been criticized for conducting diplomatic work as vice president in countries were his son, Hunter Biden, was engaged in business, but he refused at two campaign stops Monday to take questions about the controversy, reported ABC News.

Instead, his campaign promised that Biden would issue an executive order "on his first day in office" to "address conflicts of interest of any kind."

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‘Come heavily armed’: Oregon GOP lawmaker threatens state troopers over dispute with Dem governor

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On Wednesday, The Oregonian reported that GOP state Sen. Brian Boquist threatened to kill state troopers if they try to keep him in the Senate chamber to debate climate change legislation.

"I'm quotable, so here's the quote. This is what I told the [police] superintendent," said Boquist to reporters outside the Senate chamber. "Send bachelors and come heavily armed. I'm not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It's just that simple."

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has made passing a climate change bill one of her top priorities. While Democrats control Oregon's legislature, Senate Republicans have enough votes to block legislation by walking out and denying a quorum — which they have done to stonewall this legislation.

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Nightmare scenario: Trump could lose by 5 million votes — but still win re-election by one electoral vote

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President Donald Trump could potentially win re-election next year by a single electoral vote.

In that nightmare scenario for Democrats, the president could lose the popular vote -- again -- but still narrowly eke out an electoral win by holding onto four states he carried in 2016, reported Axios.

Even if Democrats flip Michigan and Pennsylvania, increase their vote totals in California and come close to winning Texas -- which could give them 5 million more votes than Trump -- their candidate could still lose if Trump narrowly wins Arizona, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

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