Congress remained at a standstill on Tuesday, with seemingly no way to end the impasse and quickly stop a government shutdown that kept 800,000 federal workers home, shuttered monuments and museums, and put on stark display the dysfunctional US political system. Throughout the day, politicians delivered speeches, appeared on television, and engaged in plenty of political theater. But there was very little actual negotiating going on inside a US Capitol that was at times eerily quiet. As night fell, political leaders were planning to keep the government shut down not only a second day but, with no solution in sight, indefinitely. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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