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Stop at a cafe in the remote stretches of northern Arizona and southern Utah in the fall, and you're likely to hear a mix of languages as tourists from around the world step into the iconic western landscape, marked by breathtaking canyons and massive rock formations.
The closure of national parks, including Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, has led to more than 300 temporary layoffs in the state, according to the Virginia Workforce Network and the company that runs several hotels in the park.
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.
The partial government shutdown could erase the entire year's projected economic growth for the Washington region, if it continues for three weeks, said Stephen Fuller, director of George Mason University's Center for Regional Analysis.
Taking out a mortgage. Getting married in a park. Going for a fall foliage drive. Cashing a check. Who knew that so many random activities of daily life could be imperiled by a shutdown of the federal government?
The grounds of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial are secured with padlocked gates because of the government shutdown, preventing a ceremony from taking place over the weekend.
There are some visible signs of the federal government shutdown outside Washington. Some scenic bypasses are closed and Gravelly Park along the George Washington Parkway is closed. But the real pain outside of downtown D.C. may not show up for a week or two if the shutdown lasts a while.
World War II veterans who have traveled from across the country to the federal memorial that honors them are not being denied access, despite the government shutdown.
Food trucks and street vendors that are part of the everyday landscape of D.C. are finding sales way off because of the federal shutdown.
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