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8 Great 'Shutdown Pickup Lines'

Twitter is beginning to have fun, some of it a little naughty, with the news from Washington. See if you came come up with a few lines of your own.

Reporting On The Shutdown ... One Facebook Post At A Time

As the government endures a partial shutdown, we hear stories from people around the country whose lives have been affected. For additional perspective, host Michel Martin is joined by NPR business editor Marilyn Geewax, and Sudeep Reddy, of The Wall Street Journal.
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Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell On The Federal Shutdown

Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell joins Kojo to explore what's at stake for the commonwealth during the shutdown of the federal government.


Who Are The Two Republicans Who Crossed Lines?

Votes related to the shutdown showdown have been almost strictly along party lines. Republican Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and Peter King of New York, though, have staked out a "centrist" position different than others in their party.

House GOP Didn't Blink, Focused On Defunding Obamacare

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.

Partial Government Shutdown Will Compromise Some Services

Much of the federal government is in the process of shutting down. With Congress unable to agree on a stop-gap spending bill, money for continuing operations ran out at midnight. Hundreds of thousands of government employees have been told to stop working — although President Obama says some vital functions will continue.

Hillary Clinton Films That GOP Objected To Are Canceled

The Republican National Committee had said it would not work with CNN or NBC on campaign debates if they went ahead with the films. And the filmmaker who was working with CNN says he's pulled the plug because Democrats wouldn't cooperate with him. NBC says a Clinton mini-series didn't fit its plans.

No End In Sight As Government Shutdown Begins

With lawmakers in Washington at loggerheads over the same issues they've been arguing about for more than five years, about 800,000 federal workers are being told to stay home. Essential services will continue.

After Shutdown, A Familiar Feeling At The White House

In his interview with President Obama on Monday, NPR's Steve Inskeep says some of the president's remarks were reminiscent of what he said in 2011 during the debt ceiling crisis. One stark difference, however, was the president's firmness. "Absolutely I will not negotiate," the president said.

Unable To Stop Shutdown, Obama Pins Blame On GOP

As the president tries to convince the public that Republicans bear the blame for budgetary gridlock, he faces an entirely different political and media landscape than in the last government shutdown nearly 18 years ago.