The story of the government shutdown in 8 swing-state front pages

October 1, 2013

Washington is captivated by the shutdown of the federal government. In a one-industry town, when that industry shuts down, its big news. (Not as big news as the writers' strike in Hollywood but big.)

But, how is the shutdown playing in swing states, the handful of places where the last -- and the next -- presidential election will be decided? Well, thanks to the Newseum's amazing collection of daily newspaper front pages, we have some sense for it. We plucked a few select examples from their vast collection below. (And, while New York isn't a swing state, it's a near-certainty that the New York Daily News won the "most buzzy" showdown headline with this gem.)

Our favorite front page from a swing state paper comes from the Virginian Pilot who went artistic -- and awesome.


The Richmond Times Dispatch went more traditional -- twinning the government shutdown with the rollout of Obamacare's health-insurance exchanges.


 The Denver Post went with a picture of the U.S. Capitol at twilight.....


And the the Des Moines Register chose an image of the dome at night.



 The Tampa Tribune chose images of grimacing lawmakers....

As did the Raleigh News & Observer.


Then there were the newspapers where local news came close to trumping the shutdown. In the Las Vegas Review Journal, it was the sentencing of former lobbyist Harvey Whitemore.


And in New Hampshire, it was a remorseful bicycling(!) bank robbery suspect.


Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.
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