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James Cullum
Multimedia journalist James Cullum has reported for over a decade to newspapers, magazines and websites in the D.C. metro area. He excels at finding order in chaotic environments, from slave liberations in South Sudan to the halls of the power in Washington, D.C.

Here’s How the Government Shutdown Affects the Transportation Security Administration

Of TSA’s 60,078 employees, 55,182 must continue working without pay until a congressional agreement is reached with the White House.

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Shutdown Lifeline: Coast Guard Groups Praise Bipartisan Senate Introduction of ‘Pay Our Coast Guard Act’

About 42,000 active-duty, reservist and civilian personnel are currently not getting paid; the legislation would ensure that funding continues.

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Business Growth Veteran Brian Cunningham Leaves Accenture for Cloud Computing Firm Salesforce

Cunningham was a senior account manager at Accenture for three years, and started work as a strategic account executive for Salesforce last month.

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Homeland Security Chairman Calls Trump’s Border Wall Stance ‘Bizarre’ and ‘Confounding’

“In all, 87 percent of the DHS workforce is reporting to work without pay and without knowing when their next paycheck will come,” says Thompson.

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Homeland Security Committee Asks Nielsen to Testify on ‘Failed Border Security Agenda’

Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) wrote to Nielsen that her next appearance before the committee is “overdue.”

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Here’s How the Government Shutdown Affects the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Of the agency’s 19,631 employees, 15,208 must continue working without pay until Congress and the White House can come to an agreement.

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‘Dark Overlord’ Hacker Steals 9/11 Legal Documents, Wants Bitcoin Ransom

The hacking group said that the released documents are a sampling and that it also breached federal agencies including the Department of Justice.

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Ohio Couple Face Life in Prison on Charges of Planning Mass-Casualty Attack

Couple Elizabeth Lecron and Vincent Armstrong were allegedly planning an “upscale mass murder” at a Toledo bar. The pair were nabbed in an FBI sting.

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Here’s How the Government Shutdown Affects U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

ICE detention and enforcement operations are open for business, as is the ICE ERO Detention Reporting and Information Line.

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Here’s How the Government Shutdown Affects U.S. Customs and Border Protection

A majority must work during the government shutdown, as 54,935 employees of its 60,109 workforce are designated as exempt.

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‘Gen. Kelly Is No Victim,’ Says Incoming Homeland Security Committee Chairman

Kelly described his role at the White House as a “bone crushing hard job, but you do it,” in an exclusive interview with the Los Angeles Times.

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Border Patrol Deploys Tear Gas, Pepper Spray to Deter 150 New Year’s Eve Migrants

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Twenty-five people were arrested, including two teenagers, and no injuries were reported. CBP reported that a number of the migrants threw rocks at agents, prompting the countermeasures.

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Shutdown Update: Trump Asks Dems for Deal, Nielsen Calls Border ‘Humanitarian Crisis’

House Democrats are offering two bills – one to open all agencies except for DHS, and the other to fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8.

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NYPD Flying Tethered Drones in Times Square This New Year’s Eve

“As of right now there are no credible of specific threats directed at our New Year’s events,” NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill said.

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FBI Warns Unsecure Communication Port Leaves Buildings Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks

The use of Port 1911, also known as the Fox Protocol, has shed light on a cybersecurity issue that threatens businesses, universities and other entities.

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Coast Guard to Receive December Paychecks; No Guarantee of 2019 Pay During Shutdown

There is no indication that there will be further federal assistance until the White House and Congress reach a compromise to pass a continuing resolution.

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Unhappy Holidays: Coast Guard Only Military Branch Facing No Pay During Shutdown

Other military branches are spared from the pain since the National Defense Authorization Act already passed.

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DHS OIG Issued 89 New Reports in FY2018, Referred 202 Cases for Prosecution

Office of Inspector General uncovered more than $175.1 million in questioned costs and more than $58.7 million in recovered assets.

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Dem Lawmakers Call for Nielsen’s Resignation, Probe of Migrant Children’s Deaths

Felipe Alonzo-Gomez was the second child to die in CBP custody within a month; secretary asked “parents to not place their children at risk by taking a dangerous journey north.”

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These DHS-Related Websites Have Gone Quiet with Government Shutdown

“This website was last updated on December 21, 2018 and will not be updated until after funding is enacted,” reads a message on the CBP website.

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