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Full coverage: The U.S. government shutdown

With the House and Senate locked in stalemate, the Office of Management and Budget formally began shutting down the government. The federal government was shut down twice in 1995-96, when Bill Clinton was president and Newt Gingrich was the speaker of the House, but had not closed since then.

  

  • A government shutdown could hurt economy more now than it did in 1995

    A government shutdown could hurt economy more now than it did in 1995

    The U.S. economy is more fragile today than it was before the last federal government shutdown. A quick recovery followed that time, but conditions are different now.

  • Obama: Amid shutdown, Obamacare is 'open for business'

    Obama: Amid shutdown, Obamacare is 'open for business'

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Tuesday blamed Republicans for the government shutdown, noting the “irony” that the healthcare program they were trying to kill is “open for business.” “This shutdown isn’t about spending or deficit or budgets,” Obama said. “This shutdown is about rolling back our...

  • Panda enthusiasts find shutdown hard to bear

    Panda enthusiasts find shutdown hard to bear

    They had come a long way to see the giant pandas. Several thousand miles, in fact. But when Muscovites John Boyko and Corina Naraevskaya strolled up leafy Connecticut Avenue to the entrance of the National Zoo Tuesday, they were confronted with a locked gate and a large white sign: “All Smithsonian...

  • Democrats have advantage, also vulnerabilities, in shutdown fight

    Democrats have advantage, also vulnerabilities, in shutdown fight

    WASHINGTON – If government agencies begin to shut down Tuesday morning, both sides in the political battle will be carefully parsing poll results, looking to see how upset the public gets and, importantly, who is getting blamed. Polls so far have indicated that Americans are somewhat more likely...

  • Government shutdown Q&A: How long? What's the impact?

    Government shutdown Q&A: How long? What's the impact?

    Much of the federal government will shut down as of midnight. What will be closing, why and what impact will it have? Question: Why a shutdown? Answer: Every year, Congress has to approve laws, known as appropriations, that provide money for federal agencies. The new budget year begins on Oct....

  • Smithsonian museums closed due to federal government shutdown

    Smithsonian museums closed due to federal government shutdown

    The Smithsonian closed its doors Tuesday as parts of the federal government shut down after Congress failed to reach an agreement on spending, All Smithsonian museums, as well as the National Zoo in Washington, have closed until further notice.  Tuesday's shutdown affects all 18 Smithsonian organizations...

  • Tweets for NASA's 55th birthday: 'You can't shut down awesome'

    Tweets for NASA's 55th birthday: 'You can't shut down awesome'

    NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft has a message for the politicians in Congress squabbling over whether it’s more important to stall the Affordable Care Act or fund the federal government’s operations: “Farewell, humans,” the craft’s social media handlers tweeted Monday night, just minutes before nonessential...

  • Effect of federal government shutdown limited at first; no panda cam

    Effect of federal government shutdown limited at first; no panda cam

    Americans awoke to the sound of one hand clapping on Tuesday. While local governments were open for business, the other hand, the federal government, was largely unavailable because of a partial shutdown that began at midnight. The full impact of the closings won’t be felt by most Americans for...

  • Government shutdown closes Library of Congress -- online too

    Government shutdown closes Library of Congress -- online too

    "Due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government, the Library of Congress is closed to the public and researchers beginning Oct. 1, 2013 until further notice," reads the Library of Congress website. Not only are the front doors locked; the website has been shut down too. Only two components...

  • Federal shutdown hits Southland; Yosemite visitors urged to leave

    Federal shutdown hits Southland; Yosemite visitors urged to leave

    As Congress failed to agree on a budget and President Obama's healthcare law, parts of the federal government have started shutting down, with stoppages felt by Southern California residents and across the nation. One of the most jarring repercussions is the impending closure of 401 national parks...

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