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Day 21: 8 Things to Know About the U.S. Government Shutdown

The impasse over President Donald Trump's campaign promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border now threatens to produce the longest U.S. government shutdown ever. Though some departments are operating, and others are staffed by “essential” employees, the effects of the shutdown are being felt well beyond Washington, with neither Trump nor opposition Democrats showing any signs of backing down.

The U.S. government runs on 12 appropriations bills passed each year by Congress and

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