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  • So What Was the Point of the Government Shutdown?

    After a three-day standoff, Senate Democrats relented Monday in their shutdown fight with Republicans and agreed to reopen the government in exchange for … well, something … maybe. Democrats agreed...

  • FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Capitol is seen from behind trees after President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress failed to reach a deal on funding for federal agencies in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2018.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

    Factbox: What happens in a U.S. government shutdown?

    In shutdowns, nonessential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave. Workers deemed essential, including those dealing with public safety and national security, keep...