In Washington, D.C., dozens of businesses are running shutdown specials for government employees. Furloughed workers can head to several local eateries for a cup of coffee, cupcakes and even pizza — all free when they show a government ID.
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are off the job, while the government remains partially closed for a second day. Most government workers say they are frustrated by the closure as Congress remains in a standoff over the budget.
As the government shutdown continues, the House of Representatives has turned to a new strategy: trying to pass small bills to keep popular pieces of the government open. That strategy, as with others in this fight, is credited to Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
It's Day 2 of the partial shutdown of the federal government. Republicans do not seem ready to compromise on defunding the Affordable Care Act. There are no negotiations between the White House and Congress.
The number of people who leave their countries to work abroad is soaring, according to the United Nations, which is meeting on the subject this week. More than 200 million people now live and work outside their country of origin, up from 150 million a decade ago.
Many users trying to sign up for the new health care marketplace on Tuesday hit technical glitches and slow downs. Programmers say the tech powering Obamacare online can be very complicated. And the administration urges patience.
There was a party atmosphere at Affordable Care Act events both in California, where the law has been embraced by the state government, and in Virginia, where it has been resisted. But consumers will have very different experiences in the two states.
Gun sellers in the state say they couldn't keep their shelves stocked in the days leading up to the implementation of the law, which takes effect Tuesday. The legislation requires gun buyers to be fingerprinted, limits bullet purchases and bans the sale of many assault weapons.
The focal point of the fight over continued funding for the federal government has been the effort by conservatives in the House to defund the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment begins Tuesday. Steve Inskeep talks to Arizona Republican David Schweikert, one of the House members who has supported the effort to defund the law known as Obamacare.
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