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Government Shutdown Hits Most Agencies
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WKash
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WKash,
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10/1/2013 | 9:19:44 PM
re: Government Shutdown Hits Most Agencies
There have been 17 shutdowns since 1977. Most lasted 1 or 2 days. The last, ending 1996, lasted 21 days. One thing that's different this time around is that unlike 17 years ago, when about half of federal agencies had already been funded, none are funded this time.
Mathew
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Mathew,
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10/2/2013 | 9:02:49 AM
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It would be a shame if the shutdown scuttles NASA's next Mars mission -- the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft -- which must launch by mid-December (or be delayed until 2016).
Alex Kane Rudansky
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10/2/2013 | 2:59:50 PM
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Panda cam, Rover cam, etc - examples of the effects of the shutdown, yes. But the furloughs strike a chord for me. Real people, real jobs, real paychecks disappearing.
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WKash,
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10/3/2013 | 3:18:13 AM
re: Government Shutdown Hits Most Agencies
It is patently unfair. Public service isn't an easy business. But a handful of Congressmen are about to put 800,000 workers into personal financial peril -- and probably the nation's reputation, once the debt ceiling is reached -- all to make a point.
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WKash,
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10/5/2013 | 12:07:09 AM
re: Government Shutdown Hits Most Agencies
The shock value is wearing off like the after affects of a Super Storm Sandy, the suffering of those cut off from needed government services -- and of public servants beginning to add up the days of lost income -- continues even if the media cameras have begun to move on.


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