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17 Jan 2019

On the frontline of the US government shutdown in Alabama

Washington Correspondent

The US federal government has been shut down now for 27 days… that’s 800,000 staff who haven’t been paid – while projections of the lost economic growth have doubled.

A new poll suggests President Trump’s approval rating is falling, even among his closest supporters – although he’s still blaming his Democratic rivals for the impasse over funding for his border wall.

Our Washington correspondent Kylie Morris has been to Aliceville, a small town in rural Alabama, where employees of the local prison are working, unpaid, and growing more frustrated by the day.