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"I'm making the same salary in half the time ..."

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Tourists rest on a bench on Sunday in lower Manhattan after discovering that the Statue of Liberty is closed due to the government shutdown. Independence Hall, which houses the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, is also closed. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Dylan O'Riordan, 19, has been detained by Immigration Customs and Enforcement for four months and is scheduled to be put on a plane to Dublin later this week. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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At the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, NPR's Nina Totenberg talks to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On stage with them is Robert Redford, founder of the festival. John Nowak / CNN Films hide caption

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Reflects On The #MeToo Movement: 'It's About Time'

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., talk to each other outside the Senate floor Sunday, as lawmakers worked towards a resolution to the government shutdown. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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With Focus On The Polls, Women's March Organizers Stage Flagship Event In Las Vegas

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After Arrival In Jerusalem, Pence Talks Government Shutdown, Embassy Relocation

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The Economic Impact Of A Government Shutdown

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For Federal Employees On Furlough During Shutdown, An Uncertain Future

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1 Year Later, Where Does The Women's March Go From Here?

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In Latest Attempt To Reopen Government, Bipartisan Group Of Senators Meets

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Kimani Griffin celebrates after placing third the Men's 500-meter event during the Long Track Speed Skating Olympic Trials at the Pettit National Ice Center, on Jan. 5 in Milwaukee, Wisc. Stacy Revere/Getty Images hide caption

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From Carnegie Hall To Pyeongchang, Speedskater Heads To His First Olympic Games

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After Praying At His Inauguration, Pastor Splits With Trump Over Immigration Views

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Diane Askwyth leads cheers as protestors make their way to Sam Boyd Stadium for the Women's March "Power to the Polls" voter registration tour launch on January 21, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sam Morris/Getty Images hide caption

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Hector Cantu, the comic strip author of Baldo, introduced the topic of immigration and the status of DREAMers in a strip. "You know, I'm always asking myself, if Baldo was real and his friends were real, what would they be facing right now?" he said. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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For Comic Strip Authors In The Trump Era, 'No Art Should Live In A Vacuum'

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Explaining 'Chain Migration' Or 'Family Reunification'

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The Call-In: The Women's March

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Building An Ice Palace In Minnesota

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