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The government shutdown isn’t catastrophic for the US economy on a broad level — at least not yet. But real risk lies in letting it go on longer. The partial government shutdown initiated over an impasse between President Donald Trump and Congress amid his insistence that a funding bill include $5 billion for his border wall will reach its 28th day at midnight on Friday. As a result of the shutdown, some 800,000 federal government workers have been furloughed or are forced to work without pay, and an estimated 4 million contractors could be affected. Small businesses aren’t getting loans , private companies aren’t going public , and federal courts are running out of money . “The longer ... Full story

18 January