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Shutdown Starts Amid Blame Game as Trump Marks First Year

  • Government funding ended at midnight Friday without a deal
  • Senate, House hold rare Saturday sessions to seek agreement
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Senate Departs Without Deal to Reopen Government

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The U.S. government began a partial shutdown on Saturday as finger-pointing intensified on both sides and members of Congress explored whether there was any hope of bringing it to a quick end.

The shutdown began a year to the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated, and the president was typically defiant. “This is the One Year Anniversary of my Presidency and the Democrats wanted to give me a nice present,” he wrote on Twitter.