Anti-Deficiency Act : Under this law, passed in 1884 and revised in 1950, “the expenditure of funds by any branch of the Federal government unless those funds have been appropriated by Congress” are illegal. In modern layman’s terms, it means that it’s against the law for the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who would be forced into a furlough to check their e-mail or voicemails during the disruption. (Of course, no one’s ever been prosecuted for violating it.)

Blossoms: The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, which was planned along National Park Service-managed Constitution Avenue, is still scheduled to go on as planned this weekend, as organizers are working with police to move the route -- the Embassy of Japan also tells us that the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival will go on as planned.

Cars: There’ll probably be more than you think. Double parked, in front of hydrants, drivers flaunting the social contract in ways you never imagined possible.

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