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Bitter bickering muddles pathway to end government shutdown

WASHINGTON — With the federal government one day into a shutdown, the House and Senate reconvened Saturday for a new round of bitter partisan bickering and public posturing that seemed to cloud the path to a resolution despite initial talk of a compromise. The shutdown unfolded one year to the day after President Trump’s inauguration, and the political peril it risked for both parties was evident as they traded blame for the crisis. The Senate met for a rare weekend session at noon — less than 11 hours after it adjourned — and an exasperated-sounding Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the majority leader, took the floor. “Well, here we are,” he declared. “Here we are.

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