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Detail of photograph by Michael Candelori
Detail of photograph by Michael Candelori

It's the silent (and sullied) face of an unprecedented presidency.

The partial government shutdown that Donald Trump has brought on in his battle with congressional Democrats over funding for the president's proposed border wall with Mexico has become the longest in U.S. history. The previous record had been held by the 21-day shutdown (December 1995 - January 1996) in which President Bill Clinton clashed with the GOP Congress.

After all the noise on both sides, as well as the closed parks, reduced services and unpaid government workers, the divided nation offers a lonely picture indeed ...

The Face Of Trump's Shutdown — Michael Candelori / ZUMA / OneShot

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