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The government shutdown’s impact

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The effects of the first government shutdown since 1996 have rippled through American life on myriad levels, from the federal workers it has sidelined to the citizens across the country who are feeling the absence of key services.

What have been the effects of the shutdown so far? What will it mean for you? Below is a selection of stories, videos and other pieces about the impact in D.C. and nationwide.

How the shutdown impacts Cabinet-level departments


Votes to end the government shutdown

(Darla Cameron /, U.S. House)

Here's how senators voted on a bipartisan bill to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling.

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How the federal government shutdown affects travelers

The shutdown points up just how much of a role the federal government plays in travel.

One national park in the U.S. remains open -- in New Jersey

Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park is open because the National Park Service has not yet acquired the land.

How the shutdown could impact scientist studying space weather at the South Pole

To get a better sense of the impact of the Federal shutdown on Antarctic science research, we talked to C. Robert Clauer, whose conducts space weather research at the South Pole.

Mortgage rates hold steady amid federal government shutdown

The 30-year fixed-rate average experiences a slight uptick, rising to 4.23 percent.

Shutdown causes anxiety for buyers and sellers

(Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg)

Call your lender to find out what the ramifications of the government’s actions will be for you.


Vincent Gray confronts Reid on Capitol steps over shutdown’s impact on District

(Melina Mara / The Washington Post)

“I’m on your side. Don’t screw it up, okay?” the Senate leader tells his fellow Democrat.


Citizen lawn mower at Lincoln Memorial: Shutdown or not, areas shouldn’t be neglected

(Michael Ruane / The Washington Post)

Chris Cox of South Carolina said he has been tidying up the shutdown-neglected area for the past few days.


The siren call of the BlackBerry for furloughed federal workers

(Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

For many furloughed government workers, the smartphone is a symbol of the work they yearn to do but can’t.


Senate chaplain: Prayers are political, but not partisan

Senate chaplain Barry Black tells In Play how he writes his daily prayers, which lately have been laying into Congress for inaction on the budget.