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Record shutdown is a massive Washington failure

(CNN)President Donald Trump often boasts he's presiding over a record breaking presidency. Now he's got another historic notch on his belt, the longest-ever government shutdown — an impasse that marks a new low for Washington dysfunction.The dispute triggered by Trump's demands for billions of dollars to finally make good on an unfulfilled campaign promise — to build a border wall — began so long ago that Republicans had a monopoly on Washington power. The Democratic takeover of the House has deepened the disconnect, and with neither side willing to fold, nearly 22 days in, there is still no end in sight.Since Trump crowed he would be "proud" to shutter the government over the wall, he gets to shoulder much of the blame for a crisis ...