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US National Park Service employee Neil Hewett places a closure sign at the White House Visitor Center in Washington, DC, on October 1, 2013. The US government shut down Tuesday for the first time in 17 years after a gridlocked Congress failed to reach a federal budget deal amid bitter brinkmanship. Some 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed in a move reminiscent of two previous shutdowns -- for six days in November 1995 and 21 days from December that year into early 1996.  (Photo by KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Memorials Barricaded, National Mall Shutdown Expected to Take Days

The museums that draw millions of visitors to the National Mall closed their doors Tuesday, memorials were barricaded and trash will go uncollected in the nation’s most-visited national park due to the first government shutdown in 17 years.


Park Ranger Richard Trott posts a closed sign on the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall October 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. The U.S. government is in a forced shutdown after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill last night. (Photo by AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI)

Study: 1996 Government Shutdown Would Cost More Than $2 Billion Today

According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, the last government shutdowns – which occurred in the 1996 fiscal year under the administration of then-president Bill Clinton – cost the nation an estimated $1.4 billion dollars.


Giant Panda Cub seen near its mother. (credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Beloved Panda Cam Becomes Casualty of Government Shutdown

The National Zoo’s beloved panda cam and all other live animal cameras from the zoo have gone dark with the government shutdown.


Former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton laugh at remarks made by former President Jimmy Carter during the inauguration ceremony of the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark., on Nov. 18, 2004. (credit: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Clinton Presidential Library Closing Permanent Exhibits During Shutdown

The Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock is closing its permanent exhibits to walk-in visitors because of the federal government shutdown.


File photo of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.  (credit: Jacquelyn Martin - Pool/Getty Images)

Pentagon Wants More Workers Exempt From Furloughs

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Pentagon and administration lawyers are looking for ways to expand the number of Defense Department civilians who are exempt from furloughs, amid worries that the government shutdown is damaging U.S. credibility among its international allies.


The Ohio Clock which shows the time has just passed midnight stands on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol October 1, 2013. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

How Long Will The Government Shutdown Last?

The federal government is partially shutdown as lawmakers continue a bitter battle over the nation’s health care laws. The question is how long will it last.


U.S. Capitol (credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Federal Workers Must Report For Half-Day Despite Shutdown

Federal workers will still have to report to work for about four hours Tuesday even though the government is shutting down.


Yellow police tape restricts access to the Lincoln Memorial. (Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Some D.C. Museums Open, Despite Government Shutdown

While museums on the National Mall will close for a government shutdown, many other Washington attractions plan to stay open for tourists.


WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 30: U.S. President Barack Obama signs H.R. 3210, Pay Our Military Act, which provides continuing appropriations for pay and allowances for members of the Armed Forces on September 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)

President Obama Addresses Military as Government Shuts Down

President Barack Obama is telling members of the military he’ll work to get Congress to re-open the government as soon as possible.


A stop sign is seen next to the US Congress building. (credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Midnight Deadline Passes, Government Shutdown Begins

For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation’s health care law.