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    Government Shutdown Begins at Midnight 

    Closing time. At midnight on Friday the federal government shutdown after the Senate failed to pass a spending bill. Republican Senator Rand Paul used procedural delays to postpone a vote and protest what he said was complicity on deficit spending. Meanwhile, the half-trillion-dollar spending deal faces opposition in the House as minority leader Nancy Pelosi said she will vote against the legislation that leaves “dreamers’” fate uncertain. It’s the second shutdown in three weeks. The Senate, which reconvenes at 12:01 a.m., will try the vote again on Friday morning.

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