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Partial Federal Shutdown Carries Into 2019 With No End in Sight

The Smithsonian Visitor’s Center stands on Dec. 31.
The Smithsonian Visitor’s Center stands on Dec. 31.Photographer: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

The partial U.S. government shutdown extended into the new year Tuesday with no signs of progress toward a spending deal between Congress and President Donald Trump as the effects of the 11-day-old stalemate become increasingly visible.

Smithsonian Institution museums and the National Zoo in Washington are set to close Wednesday for lack of funds. The Federal Communications Commission will suspend most operations Thursday, no longer taking consumer complaints and halting review of proposed mergers such as wireless provider T-Mobile US Inc.’s $26.5 billion bid for Sprint Corp.