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US govt shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

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The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction.
Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth governmentshutdownin a quarter century. Behind the scenes, however, leading Repub-licans and Democrats were already moving...
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Emboldened Democrats take a risk on a shutdown

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Washington, Jan 20 (AP) - Congressional Democrats are taking a page from the playbook of President Donald Trump and hard-line conservatives: Fight for your base and don't blink.
In forcing a showdown over immigration - and triggering a government shutdown - Democrats have embraced a...
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Gov’t shutdown deadline nears; Trump says ‘not looking good’

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Washington, Jan 20 (AP) - The government careened toward shutdown Friday night in a chaotic close to Donald Trump's first year as president, as Democrats and Republicans preemptively traded blame while still struggling to find some accord before a deadline at the stroke of midnight.
The lawmakers...
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Conservatives question pope's airborne, shotgun nuptials

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Lima, Jan 20 (AP) - The honeymoon, as it were, is apparently over.
A day after Pope Francis grabbed headlines by pronouncing two flight attendants man and wife while flying 36,000 feet over Chile, the conservative Catholic commentariat on Friday questioned the legitimacy of the shotgun sacrament...
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Pence’s Mideast trip still on as govt shutdown looms

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Vice President Mike Pence is making his fourth visit to Israel, returning to a region he's visited "a million times" in his heart.
An evangelical Christian with strong ties to the Holy Land, Pence this time comes packing two key policy decisions in his bags that have long been top priorities for...
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