Shutdown hits Day 18

The partial government shutdown tied the second longest in history on Tuesday — its 18th day — with little signs of progress.

The continued closure of nine agencies added a new sense of urgency to the situation as negotiations seem to have broken down. The White House has largely doubled down on its demands for border wall funding, and Democrats have refused to include any money for it.

President Donald Trump is expected to make his case to the public on Tuesday evening in a prime-time television address. The address comes before a planned presidential trip to the southern border Thursday.

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