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4:37pm

Tue October 1, 2013
Politics

Hill Workers' Health Perk A Sticking Point In Spending Fight

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 6:38 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Among the things House Republicans are asking for in the ongoing spending battle is an elimination of health benefits for members of Congress and their staff. As the law now stands, congressional staff are required to buy their health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges and the federal government will help pay for their plans.

House Republicans say that kind of assistance amounts to a special subsidy. But as NPR's Ailsa Chang reports, taking away the health benefit would amount to a large pay cut.

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4:37pm

Tue October 1, 2013
Around the Nation

Government Shutdown Takes A Toll Across D.C.

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 6:38 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Of the hundreds of thousands of federal workers not working because of the shutdown, many are, of course, here in Washington, D.C. The region is home to dozens of federal agencies, from Homeland Security to the Environmental Protection Agency. NPR's Allison Keyes spoke with some of those affected.

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4:00pm

Tue October 1, 2013
The Two-Way

How The Shutdown Is Affecting The Military

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 6:52 pm

Larry Abramson, who covers national security for NPR, sent us this missive, about how the shutdown of the federal government is affecting the Pentagon:

If you are a soldier, sailor, airman or marine, you will be paid during a shutdown. But only half of civilian defense workers are supposed to show up for work, and the rest do not get paid.

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3:56pm

Tue October 1, 2013
The Salt

Shutdown Leaves Program Feeding Women And Infants In Lurch

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 5:23 pm

At a farmers market in Washington, D.C., recipients of federal food assistance like the WIC program can use vouchers to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.
Dan Charles NPR

Among those affected by the chaos of the government shutdown are 9 million low-income women and children who may be worrying where next week's meal is going to come from.

They rely on the government for food assistance through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC.

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3:48pm

Tue October 1, 2013
All Tech Considered

Agency Websites Shut Down With The Government

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 4:50 pm

The message users will get when they try to go to Census.gov during the shutdown.
Census.gov

If you or your child has a school report due tomorrow, the Census Bureau site will not be available to help. Census.gov and its affiliates, like American FactFinder and online surveys, are offline as part of the federal government's shutdown. The same goes for the Federal Trade Commission's site, the Agriculture Department's USDA.gov and the Library of Congress' site, which can also be a rich resource of reference information.

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3:16pm

Tue October 1, 2013
It's All Politics

No Talks Underway To Resolve Shutdown

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 6:53 pm

A sign announces the closing of the Statue of Liberty on Tuesday.
Mark Lennihan AP

If you're wondering how long the shutdown will last, well, don't hold your breath.

As of this writing, there are no indications that talks are underway — or even in the offing.

Indeed, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected House legislation Tuesday morning calling for a House-Senate conference to try to settle the disagreement behind the first federal government shutdown in 17 years.

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2:06pm

Tue October 1, 2013
The Two-Way

What Shutdown? WWII Vets Ignore Barricades To See Memorial

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 3:16 pm

A World War II veteran visits the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Tuesday.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Perhaps Congress can take a hint from these gentlemen:

The men in red shirts are World War II veterans, who traveled from Mississippi as part of an Honor Flight tour, which has been flying veterans to the National World War II Memorial in Washington since 2005, a year after the memorial opened.

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12:27pm

Tue October 1, 2013
Pop Culture

Reporting On The Shutdown, One Facebook Post At A Time

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 10:26 am

Craig Thoricht's wife Linda.
Courtesy of Craig Thoricht

Shutting down the government is nothing new; Congress did it 18 years ago, suspending federal operations for three weeks.

History suggests Americans will accept the inconvenience for the duration, and Congress eventually will find a compromise.

But what if history is bunk? What if what we think we know about government shutdowns doesn't apply to this one?

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12:19pm

Tue October 1, 2013
The Two-Way

8 Great 'Shutdown Pickup Lines'

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 12:32 pm

The fun has begun.
Twitter

When a government shutdown loomed in 2011, the Twitterverse had some fun with #govtshutdownpickuplines.

They're back!

Here are some of the better, slightly naughty ones we're seeing (we also also checked #shutdownpicklines):

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12:07pm

Tue October 1, 2013
It's All Politics

The Panda Cam? That's Shut Down, Too

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 9:17 am

A self-portrait taken by the NASA exploration rover Curiosity in Gale crater on Mars.
NASA AP

By now, you've probably heard that the federal government shut down at 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday after members of Congress were unable to reach a budget agreement in time to keep the government funded.

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