The gates to the National Christmas Tree are closed to the public due to a partial shutdown. Photo: Win McNamee/Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

The weekend and federal holidays are over, making Wednesday the first full business day after the partial government shutdown.

Why it matters: Progress on a spending deal has yet to be made between President Trump and Congress after the shutdown began at midnight last Friday, the AP reports. Trump was still adamant Tuesday that the shutdown will remain until Democrats agree to fund the U.S.-Mexico border. About 25% of the government, or some 800,000 government workers, are directly affected by the shutdown.

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Pelosi: Birx "enabled" Trump on coronavirus misinformation

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN on Monday she does not have confidence in White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx because "she has enabled" President Trump to spread coronavirus misinformation.

What she's saying: "I don't have confidence in anyone who stands there while the president says, 'Swallow Lysol and it's going to cure your virus,'" Pelosi told host Jim Scuitto.

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Google launches $349 Pixel 4a

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Google on Monday launched its long-expected Pixel 4a, a $349 device that brings key features of the company's flagship smartphone to a more affordable price point.

Why it matters: Google saw surprisingly strong demand for last year's "a" model and having a broader range of products allows the company to reach more parts of the market.

A wild weekend for Microsoft's play for TikTok

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While its Big Tech rivals were testifying in front of a congressional antitrust committee last week, Microsoft was negotiating what could be the largest — and most politically perilous — tech acquisition of 2020.

The state of play: The hullabaloo surrounding Microsoft picking up TikTok has undergone a flurry of twists and turns over the weekend, as both the White House and the tech giant reacted in real time.