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At a Bethesda conference, almost 100 people showed up. There were top officials from pharmaceutical companies, leading academics, consultants, patient advocates and two officials from the Canadian government. What was missing: Their counterparts, the U.S. officials. Suffice it to say, it left some major holes in certain sessions.
A group of former politicians is trying to ensure elected officials on Capitol Hill and around the country hear the voices of their constituents.
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A lot of federal workers are dealing with feelings of anxiety, angst and even sadness, but there are ways to beat the shutdown blues.
Just like their parents, kids are feeling the effects of the government shutdown.
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.
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.