Posts Tagged ‘government shutdown’

No, D.C. Services Won’t Shut Down If Congress Can’t Reach a Deal

We can enjoy the food and drink shutdown specials regardless.

The National Zoo Reopens (but the Lions Still Think They’re Furloughed)

On their first day back on the job since the end of the government shutdown, the National Zoo's lions were getting about as much respect as other members of the often-maligned federal workforce.
"RAWR," growled a small girl, hoping to inspire a reaction from the residents of the Great Cats habitat. They continued to lounge in [...]

Lucky Tourists Get to Go to Museums for Free Today

After an two-week hiatus, the open air National Mall and the federally funded museums that line it were open for business Thursday morning, and things felt pretty much like they did before the Oct. 1 doomsday.
Families posed for awkward photos, groups of middle school students wearing the same school shirts huddled in front of museums, [...]

Clothed for Business

The shutdown has been tough on anyone who draws a government paycheck, but it’s a great time to pick up a lightly worn J. Crew collection cropped moto jacket at a fraction of the original price. A string of local consignment shops are enjoying a boost in inventory, thanks to well-heeled furloughed feds who are [...]

An Apple a Day Keeps Congress Away

When the D.C. Council and Mayor Vince Gray left their monthly breakfast on Sept. 24, they were unusually united on trying to keep D.C. open during the shutdown. Precisely how wasn’t clear—ideas included declaring every city employee essential or just staying open and challenging the Department of Justice to prosecute the mayor and Council. Watching [...]

D.C., Free?

As the shutdown dragged on, the mayor complained louder and louder: “We’re governed by the federal government’s action and unless the federal government authorizes it, D.C. workers are going to be in a bind.” Shuttered museums had local businesses worried about a drop in tourism. And Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton called it a “very special [...]

Love in the Time of Furlough: Company Sees Spike in Online Dating During Shutdown

There's been too much talk about congressional dysfunction during the government shutdown, and not enough talk about love. Yes, there were some wedding casualties, but the last two weeks may have also born new romance.
Zoosk, an online dating app that says it has more than 40 million users, issued a press release on what may be [...]

District Line Daily: Stayin’ Alive

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

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The District has scraped together an additional $400 million in reserve funds to keep the city [...]

The Shutdown Diaries: Possible Rage

I am a nonessential federal employee. This is my shutdown.
About a week ago I was out with a journalist friend of mine, and I asked him for advice about what direction these diaries should go. His reply was basically, "I want to see you in full-on rant mode. You're nearly there anyway." It would certainly [...]

Inside the Psyche of a Furlough Beard

Adam Steel knew the obvious thing to do when the government shut down: stop shaving.
The 24-year-old National Institute of Health fellow lives in a Bethesda house with five other nonessential NIH employees, and two weeks into the shutdown, the house has become unhinged, with everyone switching to a nocturnal schedule. One person has become physically [...]

District Line Daily: Fate of Gray

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The government shutdown has put Mayor Vince Gray in the national spotlight, making a possible reelection [...]

The Needle: Busboys and Mayors

Food For Thought: Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal announced today that he launched an exploratory committee to begin raising funds for a potential mayoral run. This personality can only make the race more interesting. +2
The New Ivy: Within the first week of opening its first hiring centers, Walmart received applications from 11,000 people for only 1,800 [...]

District Line Daily: Low Riders

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Metro has lost a couple of million dollars during the government shutdown because of fewer commuters [...]

Congrats on Winning the Lottery! Too Bad You Can’t Cash in Until After the Shutdown

Not even the luckiest among us will be spared the wrath of the government shutdown.
The D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board announced Friday that, effective Saturday, no winning D.C. lottery tickets can be cashed in until after the government shutdown ends, because the District's funds aren't available until Congress appropriates them to us. (The [...]

Furloughed Families Look for Food Assistance During Shutdown

Shaunti Carroll, a 35-year-old single mother of two, was finally getting back on her feet. Things were tight, but she was able to pay her bills and had planned to move out of her mother's place on the Maryland side of Capitol Heights in the next couple of weeks.
But then the government shut down.
For the [...]

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