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The unfair irony of a federal shutdown: Federal workers could be paid for work they didn't do and taxpayers could be stuck paying for services they didn't get.
The WTOP Answer Desk set out to learn which wheels of government would continue to turn and which might grind to a halt.
When national events spiral out of control, it is not uncommon for people to reach out to their member of Congress. But good luck with that during the government shutdown.
Federal government shutdowns are almost always followed by cold and snowy winters.
"There are a significant number of national security issues impacted," says Mario Mancuso, former Pentagon official, and partner at the Fried Frank law firm.
President Barack Obama has invoked the words and wisdom of former President Ronald Reagan more than once. Upon taking office in 2009, the president expressed hope that he could become a transformational president as Reagan was.
Governance experts say it's no wonder our government is shutdown: Congress is mired in gridlock, budgets aren't passed on time and the president cannot get his nominations to high-ranking posts promptly approved.
It opened its doors in Washington in 1885. Since 1932, it's delighted visitors at its present site inside the Commerce Department. But Monday is the last day for the National Aquarium.
Breathing easier? It's not your imagination. The region is making major strides toward cleaner air.
An expert on national security clearances says lying on a clearance application should have disqualified the man who would go on to become the Navy Yard shooter.