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GOP, Democrats show no sign of retreat on shutdown's 1st day
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans and Democrats showed no signs of ending their standoff over immigration and spending Saturday as Americans awoke to the first day of a government shutdown and Congress staged a weekend session to show voters it was trying to resolve the stalemate....



The Latest: Congress seems no closer to reopening government
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local):...



Signs of government shutdown spotty but symbolic
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Symbols of American promise became emblems of American dysfunction on Saturday when a dispute in Congress over spending and immigration forced scores of federal government agencies and outposts to close their doors....



Mulvaney has been at center of last 2 government shutdowns
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's budget chief Mick Mulvaney stormed Washington as a tea party lawmaker elected in 2010, and he hasn't mellowed much as director of the Office of Management of Budget at the White House....



Trump's first year in office has been a can't-miss drama
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bleak description of "American carnage." A forceful rollback of his predecessor's achievements. A blatant falsehood from the White House podium....



Long shutdown could hurt economy, a short one just 'a blip'
If the shutdown lasts just days or even a couple of weeks, the robust stock market that President Donald Trump has boasted about probably will emerge unscathed. A longer impasse, economists say, could rattle consumer and investor confidence, pulling stocks lower and dragging down the economy....



AP FACT CHECK: Trump disdained jobless rate, now loves it
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump, the presidential candidate, would not like the way Trump, the president, is crowing about today's unemployment rate. He'd be calling the whole thing a "hoax."...



In run-up to shutdown, an erosion of trust derailed talks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The president was angry....



Government shutdown: What's closed, who's affected
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thousands of federal employees began their weekends gripped with doubt, uncertain of when they'll be able to return to work and how long they'll have to go without being paid after a bitter political dispute in Washington triggered a government shutdown....



VP Pence says US stands 'shoulder to shoulder' with Egypt
CAIRO (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence and Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pledged a united front against terrorism in the Mideast as Pence, the highest-level American official to visit the U.S. ally in nearly a decade, began a trip through the region after leaving behind a government shutdown in Washington....