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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....

Congressman denies allegation in misconduct claim he settled
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan used taxpayer money to settle a complaint that the New York Times reports stemmed from his hostility toward a former aide after she rejected his romantic overtures....

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."...

Missouri governor: 'no blackmail,' 'no violence' in affair
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- In his first interview since acknowledging an extramarital affair, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said Saturday that there was "no blackmail" and "no threat of violence" by him in what he described as a months-long "consensual relationship" with his former hairdresser....

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

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