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National Parks Close As Other Public Lands Stay Open

From Acadia in Maine to Zion in Utah to the North Cascades in Washington, America's 401 national park areas have gates blocking entrance roads. National forest and Bureau of Land Management lands would nearly be impossible to close because there are so many access points.
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Reid's Tactics In Shutdown Drama, And His Rhetoric, Draw Notice

As the leader of Senate Democrats, Harry Reid has been in a lot of fights — but this one may be different, in that Reid has drawn a line. After a meeting with other congressional leaders and President Obama on Wednesday, Reid said: "The one thing we made very clear ... we are locked in tight on Obamacare."
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While Others Underfunded Pensions, Milwaukee Held Firm

Nationwide, many cash-strapped cities have raided funds intended for retirees or have chronically underfunded their pension systems. But despite a budget crunch, Milwaukee's fund has consistently ranked among the nation's top pension programs. Even so, some changes lie ahead for city workers.
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Boehner, Obama Meet But Make No Progress On Deal To End Shutdown

Day two of the government shutdown is nearing its finish, with no end in sight. And that's in spite of talks at the White House late today. President Obama met with House Speaker John Boehner for over an hour Wednesday evening. The meeting failed to produce a deal that would end the federal government shutdown.
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Shutdown Diary: Day 2

The second day of the government shutdown found President Obama in talks with congressional leaders at the White House. Elsewhere, conservative activists were busy targeting House Republicans who appeared ready to break ranks.
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GOP Establishment Grapples With A Tea Party That Won't Budge

Beyond voicing frustration, the traditional Republican power players on Capitol Hill and in the business community haven't been able to do much so far to end the current congressional standoff.
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Shutdown Gives Americans New Reason To Hate Washington

Residents of the St. Louis area don't all agree on which politicians to blame for the government shutdown, but they do agree that they're doing a lousy job and should have their pay suspended.
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Obama's Shift In Rhetoric Helping Democrats Stick Together

Instead of castigating all of Congress over the latest fiscal stalemate, President Obama is focusing his ire on Tea Party Republicans. That's energized Democrats, who are more unified than they've been in a long time. Still, that doesn't mean that they're making any headway in ending the shutdown.
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The Government Shutdown's Final Frontier: How NASA Is Dealing

Houston's Mission Control is still talking to the astronauts circling the globe in the International Space Station. But most other phone lines are down, and NASA says the shutdown could deter launches of other spacecraft and slow repair work on the Hubble Space Telescope if something goes wrong.
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As Shutdown Drags, Boehner Shifts Focus From Health Law

What started out as an attempt by Tea Party Republicans to use a government funding bill to defund the president's health care law seems to have evolved into a Republican effort to mitigate the negative effects of the two-day-old government shutdown. None of the bills pushed by House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday or Wednesday even mention the Affordable Care Act, but rather just fund those portions of the government that are popular with the public, like national parks.

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