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Day 704

Updated 12/24/2018 12:00 PM PST

1/ Major parts of the federal government are shutdown after Trump tanked a bipartisan spending bill because it didn't include money for his border wall. Agencies in charge of federal parks, law enforcement, taxes and transportation ran out of money Friday night. Nearly 400,000 federal workers won't work or get paid until a deal can be reached. Several services will be also unavailable, and the impacts will get worse the longer the shutdown lasts. (Washington Post / New York Times / Politico)

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Day 4 of Government shutdown…Pelosi strikes back

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi accused President Donald Trump of using “scare tactics” to build support for his proposed U.S.-Mexican border wall, which she joked had been reduced from a giant, cement structure "to, I think, a beaded curtain."

Trump and congressional Democrats remained locked in a bitter stalemate Tuesday over billions of dollars in funding for the wall, which Trump said is necessary to end a partial government shutdown heading into its fourth day. Most lawmakers are home for the holiday, so a speedy resolution would amount to a Christmas miracle.

While wishing a Merry Christmas to troops overseas, Trump said he doesn’t know when the government shutdown will end.

“It’s a disgrace what’s happening in our country,” Trump said in the Oval Office. “But other than that, I wish everybody a very Merry Christmas.”

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