While the political focus of the nation's capital has been on the partial government shutdown which started on December 22 - a legislative fight which shows no signs of ending anytime soon - there was more news out of Washington, D.C. than just the question of whether the President will get any money out of the Congress for his plan to build a wall along the Mexican border.
As President Donald Trump gave up his planned 16 day stay at his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida, the Congress went home for the holidays, making no real effort to reach agreement on how to end the funding lapse that has endangered the paychecks of an estimated 800,000 federal workers.
But there was more - here's some of what happened during the holiday break:
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