Government shutdown ties for longest ever amid border wall fight

The partial U.S. government shutdown entered its 21st day Friday, tying the record for longest lapse in federal funding.

The dubious distinction comes on the same day hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers start to miss paychecks. About 800,000 federal employees are either furloughed or temporarily working without pay as the closure persists.

Lawmakers have failed to fund nine departments, or about a quarter of the government, as President Donald Trump demands more than $5 billion to fund his…

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