Federal employees in Minnesota feel shutdown pain The biggest effect of the federal government shutdown will be felt by government employees. In Minnesota as many as 19,000 people work for the federal government. Many are coming to terms with the reality that they may not be working for a while - or that they may be working without pay.5:20 p.m.
With a few glitches, MNsure goes live The massive, $100 million information technology project wasn't without glitches Tuesday afternoon. Most notably, the website wasn't always able to verify the identity of potential consumers.5:35 p.m.
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Is There An End In Sight For The Government Shutdown?
For the first time in 17 years, the U.S. government has shut down. Some 800,000 federal workers are furloughed, though employees deemed essential are still on the job — but it's unclear if or when they'll be paid. President Obama lays the blame squarely at the feet of Congressional Republicans. House Republicans blame Obama.
Beyond The Shutdown, There's A Bigger Battle Brewing
While government shutdowns are messy and disruptive, the country has lived through them before. The U.S. government, on the other hand, has never had to go cold turkey on borrowed money. That's what would happen if Congress doesn't raise the nation's borrowing limit by Oct. 17.
Hill Workers' Health Perk A Sticking Point In Spending Fight
House Republicans on Monday made the so-called Vitter Amendment one of their conditions to pass a spending bill. They describe it as an elimination of a special subsidy for Capitol Hill and executive branch staff. But a closer look shows it would essentially amount to a massive pay cut.
Send Us Your Government Shutdown Questions
Should the federal government shutdown continue for several more days, we're sure you'll have specific questions about how the government is working — or not working. Perhaps you're a federal worker, or maybe you rely on a government service. We want to know how the shutdown is affecting you and what you're worried about, or if you've been effected by past shutdowns and have wisdom to share. We could use a little free wisdom here in Washington. Click here to tell us your shutdown story , select "All Things Considered" in the drop down, and put "Shutdown Question" in your subject line.
Ill. Governor Touts Health Exchange Legislature Rejected
On the first day of the new health care marketplaces opening Tuesday, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is touting the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. This, even though he couldn't manage to convince his legislature that the state should run its own exchange, leaving Illinois to partner with the federal government.
New Maryland Firearms Law Rides In On A Wave Of Gun Sales
Gun sellers in the state say they couldn't keep their shelves stocked in the days leading up to the implementation of the law, which takes effect Tuesday. The legislation requires gun buyers to be fingerprinted, limits bullet purchases and bans the sale of many assault weapons.
Your Digital Trail: Private Company Access
Data we voluntarily provide online — such as on dating websites — may not stay with that site. While not always obvious, websites commonly allow other companies to track user behavior.
Head Start Shut Down By Government Shutdown
About 19,000 children are affected by the government shutdown. Head Start programs across the country are being forced to shut down as they lose funding from the federal government. Audie Cornish talks to Dora Jones, the director of Cheaha Regional Head Start in Talladega, Ala. Her program is closed Tuesday because of the shutdown.
Congressional Impasse Leaves Museums Empty, Monuments Shut
In addition to the shuttered federal agencies affected by the government shutdown, cultural institutions including the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo have been closed indefinitely, disappointing tourists and D.C. locals alike.