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WTOP Answer Desk: How a shutdown could affect you

The WTOP Answer Desk set out to learn which wheels of government would continue to turn and which might grind to a halt.

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 07:05am EDT

Tags: WTOP Answer Desk, shutdown, mail, student loans, Social Security

Congressional phones, emails go dark because of furloughed staffers

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.

Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 07:02am EDT

Tags: shutdown, Congress, email, government shutdown

A shutdown? Better bundle up this winter

Federal government shutdowns are almost always followed by cold and snowy winters.

Sunday - 10/06/2013, 12:37pm EDT

Tags: government shutdown, winter, weather

Shutdown's ripple effects on security, local economy

"There are a significant number of national security issues impacted," says Mario Mancuso, former Pentagon official, and partner at the Fried Frank law firm.

Saturday - 10/05/2013, 02:20pm EDT

Tags: government shutdown,

What would Ronald Reagan do?

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.

Thursday - 10/03/2013, 12:30pm EDT

Tags: Ronald Reagan, Kenneth Duberstein, government shutdown, shutdown

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Governance experts: Shutdown crisis another sign the federal system is broken

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.

Tuesday - 10/01/2013, 05:51am EDT

Tags: shutdown, U.S. Constitution, government reform, Brookings Institution, Harvard Law School,

D.C.'s National Aquarium to close Monday

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.

Sunday - 09/29/2013, 01:18pm EDT

Tags: National Aquarium,

Region's air getting cleaner

Breathing easier? It's not your imagination. The region is making major strides toward cleaner air.

Saturday - 09/28/2013, 12:53pm EDT

Tags: air pollution

Expert: Lying on application should have disqualified Navy Yard shooter

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.

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 05:12am EDT

Tags: Aaron Alexis, security clearance, Navy Yard shooting,

Montgomery Co. police: Thieves targeting ATMs with skimmers

Customers using two Bank of America ATMs in Bethesda and Chevy Chase were robbed of their account numbers by skimmers -- hidden electronics placed on the ATMs.

Wednesday - 09/25/2013, 07:25am EDT

Tags: ATM skimmers, theft, banks, ATM, Bethesda, Chevy Chase

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