October 1st, 2013
12:26 PM ET
10 months ago

Veterans break past World War II Memorial barricade

Update 1:45 p.m. ET: House GOP leadership sources tell CNN they plan to vote on a series of bills to fund the government, beginning Tuesday with three measures–spending for veterans, the District of Columbia and the Park Service.

Washington (CNN) – Busloads of World War II veterans, many in wheelchairs, broke past a barricade Tuesday morning to cross into the World War II Memorial, as onlookers applauded and a man playing the bagpipes led the way.

Moments earlier, a few Republican members of Congress had removed a section of the black gates that surrounded the site, allowing a line of veterans to roll past security officers, who willingly stood aside.
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Filed under: Congress • Washington D.C.
D.C. businesses offer freebies to furloughed workers
October 1st, 2013
11:36 AM ET
10 months ago

D.C. businesses offer freebies to furloughed workers

Washington (CNN) – Congress has already made sure to look out for active-duty members of the military, passing a partial-spending bill that ensures everyone in uniform gets paid for the length of the government shutdown. President Barack Obama quickly signed the measure.

But what about those not in uniform? As first reported by WTOP, many businesses in the greater Washington, D.C. area are taking up the call, offering free food, lessons and even drinks for furloughed federal workers.
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Filed under: Congress
Need a passport? Don't worry during shutdown, State Department says
October 1st, 2013
10:03 AM ET
10 months ago

Need a passport? Don't worry during shutdown, State Department says

(CNN) - For Americans applying for a passport, or citizens of other countries trying to get a visa to the United States, the current government shutdown won't have any effect, the State Department says.

The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development are "national security agencies," which means they have national security responsibilities such as representing the United States overseas and representing to Americans what the country's foreign interests are.

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Filed under: State Department
Pandas, goats and asteroids: The shutdown's other effects
October 1st, 2013
09:48 AM ET
10 months ago

Pandas, goats and asteroids: The shutdown's other effects

Washington (CNN) – Furloughed workers. Shuttered offices. Lost pay.

By now, we know well the awful mess we're in due to the government grinding to a halt.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown
Shutdown an instant factor in 2013 elections
October 1st, 2013
09:42 AM ET
10 months ago

Shutdown an instant factor in 2013 elections

Updated 10/1/2013 at 1:36pm

(CNN) - The federal government shutdown is playing out immediately on the campaign trail.

In Virginia, which holds a gubernatorial election in five weeks, the campaigns of Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and businessman and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe are both trying to use the shutdown, which began at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, to their advantage.
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Filed under: Cory Booker • Ken Cuccinelli • New Jersey • Steve Lonegan • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
October 1st, 2013
09:16 AM ET
10 months ago

Government Twitter accounts: See you later

(CNN) – Some government entities took to Twitter to notify Americans that they're going dark in light of the government shutdown.

While some kept it straight, others took a more light-hearted approach. (On a related note, be sure to see below how Google is tipping its hat to Yosemite National Park's 123rd anniversary.)

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Filed under: Twitter
October 1st, 2013
08:25 AM ET
10 months ago

Durbin: Medical device tax repeal could be 'on the table'

Washington (CNN) - A repeal of the medical device tax may be a point of compromise between the House and Senate as the two houses of Congress work to end the government shutdown, the number two Democrat in the Senate said Tuesday.

"We can work on something, I believe, on the medical device tax. That was one of the proposals from Republicans, as long as we replace the revenue," Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said on CNN's "New Day."
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Filed under: Dick Durbin • Rand Paul
October 1st, 2013
07:25 AM ET
10 months ago

Government shutdown: 800,000 workers go without pay, and it doesn't stop there

Washington (CNN) – The game of chicken failed. Neither side blinked. Now millions will pay the price.

Americans watched a colossal failure by Congress overnight and the shutdown of their government.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown • Health care
CNN Poll: Will Obamacare help you?
October 1st, 2013
06:00 AM ET
10 months ago

CNN Poll: Will Obamacare help you?

Less than one in five Americans say their families will be better off under the new health care law, according to a new poll.

But a CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday morning also indicates a majority say the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, will help some people, with 37% saying the law, which is gradually starting to kick in, won't help anyone.

According to the poll, four in 10 say the new law will make their families worse off, while 41% believe it will have no effect.
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Filed under: CNN/ORC poll • Congress • Government Shutdown • Polls
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