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Government shutdown set to be the longest in history, with no deal in sight

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The partial government shutdown has officially stretched into its 21st day, and come midnight, it will officially be the longest ever, beating a 21-day shutdown from December 1995 through January 1996.

According to an NPR poll released Friday, three-quarters of Americans say the shutdown is “embarrassing” for the country, including a majority of Republicans. Seven in 10 also say they believe the shutdown is going to hurt the country and the economy and that Congress should pass a bill to reopen the government now while budget talks continue, according to the poll.

Friday was supposed to be payday for federal employees, but nearly 800,000 are working without pay or have been furloughed without pay. Employees are missing out on $2 billion worth of paychecks every two weeks the shutdown continues.

Additionally, as The New York Times reported Wednesday, the FDA has stopped routine food inspections of seafood, fruits, and vegetables, and many people who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition........

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