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Politics

No one budges in divided Congress

Lawmakers stick to stances as shutdown idles 800,000

WASHINGTON — Congress remained at a standstill on Tuesday, unable to break its impasse and put a quick end to a government shutdown that kept 800,000 federal workers home, shuttered monuments and museums, and put on stark display the dysfunctional state of America’s political system.

Throughout the day, politicians delivered angry speeches, appeared on television, and engaged in plenty of political theater. But there was very little actual negotiating going on inside a US Capitol that was at times eerily quiet.

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