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Guide to the Government Shutdown

Guide to the Government Shutdown

As you may have

, the federal government began to shut down today. It's more revolting than we could possibly have imagined, as today's

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cover implies with John Boehner's shit-stained hands. Among the many things making us angry today are the

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that describe the situation as one of gridlock, where the two parties just can't sit down and compromise. Bullshit. (If you've already had your fill of angry rants over the shutdown, feel free to skip the following paragraph.) Make no mistake: Thousands of people are not receiving paychecks and millions more are without crucial government services because one party, the Republican one, has decided to hold the country hostage because they don't like the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, an act that passed both houses of Congress, was signed by the president, and was challenged and upheld by the Supreme Court (how's that for checks and balances?). Just last year, President Obama won an election in which he promised to implement Obamacare over a candidate who promised to repeal it. But Republicans have

refused to allow the government to function

unless Democrats de-fund or delay Obamacare, and because they won't do so, Republicans say Democrats are "

." It is shameful and absurdly anti-democratic. But anyway. We do the best we can. Yesterday, we

you about changes to the MARC train schedule, local offices, that are closed, and the Sixth and I synagogue's "Shutdown Central." Here are some more potentially helpful or fun links to get you through the day:

(Washington Post)

(lots of freebies/specials in and around D.C., DCist.com)

(

Washington City Paper

)

(Huffington Post) If you still need some steadying after that, remember what Baltimore's native son David Byrne had to say:

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