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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 days, perhaps weeks, if the current deadlock in Washington goes on that long. Economists were warning that greater peril lies ahead as the deadline to increase the national debt limit is reached on Oct. 17. On the first day of the shutdown, security and emergency forces at airports and the heavily patrolled borders continued to be paid and essential personnel were going to work. Those deemed...

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