Washington Post: Washingtonians worry about impact of looming government shutdown
The Capital of the Free World: Closed till further notice.
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Democrats and Republicans, aware of what’s at stake in the coming messaging war, hone their strategies.
David A. Fahrenthold 8:55 AM ET
‘This is a great teaching moment in American democracy,’ says a guide, who faced being unable to work soon.
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President Obama again reprimanded House Republicans as a government shutdown looms in the immediate future, saying they are trying to use the shutdown to “extract a ransom.”
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They’re a few dozen lawmakers from swing districts and suburbs mostly in the Northeast and California.
“I don’t do something that keeps people alive,” said NASA employee Victoria Friedensen, 57, walking on Capitol Hill in her orange workout jacket Monday before going to work. She’s a program executive, and she and others have been told they will have to stay home if the government closes.
Friedensen had been watching news of the stalemate closely, hoping for a breakthrough. “I don’t even think our BlackBerrys will work,” Friedensen said. “For one day, that will be great!”
Then it will be difficult. The Washington area could lose up to $200 million a day if the National Zoo, Smithsonian museums and other government-funded attractions are shuttered, authorities said.