US shutdown talks in a fix

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Talks between Republicans and Democrats aimed at preventing another US government shutdown have ground to a halt.

The two sides have until Friday to reach a deal over President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funding.

Democrats are reportedly offering to authorise up to $2 billion of wall funding in exchange for a cap on the number of undocumented immigrants being held in detention facilities. 

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, speaking on Fox News Sunday, blames the Democrats.

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