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Trump’s Pet Projects Thrive During Shutdown While Others Falter

Jan. 23, 2019, 3:15 PM

The Trump administration has recalled thousands of furloughed federal workers to process tax returns and continue work on offshore drilling permits. But programs that are out of favor with the White House—such as the Energy Star consumer ratings system—aren’t getting the same treatment.

Across the government, initiatives that don’t align with President Donald Trump’s agenda are flickering off faster than favored ones during the partial government shutdown, leading critics to charge that he has weaponized the country’s longest funding lapse.

In some cases, programs that the Trump administration has unsuccessfully tried to kill off have gone dark. The Environmental Protection...

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