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Receiving a $0 pay stub is not easy on any worker. But some of the thousands of federal employees and contract workers who live paycheck-to-paycheck say the lingering partial government shutdown feels devastating. They started the shutdown with little or no savings and no safety net to weather this kind of financial emergency.

Now, nearly one month into the shutdown, even those who had a cushion are finding their bank accounts empty or negative, and the bills and loan payments are piling up.

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Aaron David Miller (@aarondmiller2), a vice president at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a former State Department adviser and Middle East negotiator, is the author of The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President.

Richard Sokolsky, a nonresident senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, was a member of the secretary of state's Office of Policy Planning from 2005-2015.

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Government employees are often the targets of jokes and wisecracks. But a lot of Americans have now stepped up to help furloughed government workers get through these weeks of enforced idleness or compulsory work for no pay.

Chef Jose Andres, who has provided so much food aid to victims of hurricanes and wildfires, opened a kitchen right on Pennsylvania Avenue — yes, not far from the Trump Hotel — to give free meals to furloughed federal workers, and food to bring home for their families.

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NPR's Scott Simon asks former prosecutor Solomon Wisenberg about BuzzFeed's report that President Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump tower in Moscow.

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President Trump and Speaker Pelosi are in an increasingly bitter showdown over what is now the longest partial government shutdown in history.

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