The partial government shutdown blew through the record of the longest ever in U.S. history and is headed into uncharted territory. The impact is intensifying on both the government employees who missed a payday Friday — some of them forced to work anyway, some of them furloughed — and on other Americans who want to take an airline flight, visit a national park or eat FDA-inspected food.
With the political heat rising, now should have been the time when the White House and Congress would agree to some face-saving compromises to fund the government, at least for the short term. However, there are few signs that President Trump and newly empowered House Democrats are about to budge. Only if President Trump or Speaker Pelosi cave from all the pressure, Senate Republicans bolt, or the government declares an emergency, will the shutdown end.

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