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The two most important players in the shutdown debate — President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — have not met or spoken for 13 days. Their staffs have only sporadically engaged with each other about the shutdown, now at 33 days and the longest in U.S. history.
How did we get here? And who is actually offering what at this point? It seems worthwhile to take a deep breath and lay out the current positions, and how they have sometimes changed.
Lisa Desjardins is a correspondent for PBS NewsHour, where she covers news from the U.S. Capitol while also traveling across the country to report on how decisions in Washington affect people where they live and work.
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