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The check isn't in the mail: 800,000 federal workers are set to miss their second payday this month, with no reprieve in sight as the shutdown approaches Day 35.
Why it matters: The drought of federal worker paychecks — not to mention the contractors who will never be repaid for their furloughs — is starting to sting surrounding businesses, with escalating dangers for the broader economy.
The big picture: 40% of American adults couldn't afford a $400 emergency, according to Fed data released in 2018.
What's next: The two Senate bills to re-open the government both failed today.
P.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, with a net worth in the hundreds of millions, said on CNBC today he doesn't "quite understand why" federal workers are going to food banks instead of getting loans to survive the "liquidity crisis."
Former California Governor Jerry Brown and former Secretary of Defense William Perry unveil the Doomsday Clock, which remains unchanged and is set at two minutes to midnight.
E.L. James in Paris in 2018. Photo: Francois Mori/AP
"The author of the blockbuster 'Fifty Shades' trilogy has an 'erotic love story' coming out April 16 ... called 'The Mister,'" AP reports.