So It Begins: U.S. Government Shutdown In Photos

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  • Children from the Washington, D.C., Head Start program join supporters and lawmakers outside the Capitol on Wednesday to call on Congress to fund the comprehensive education, health and nutrition service for low-income children and their families.
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    Children from the Washington, D.C., Head Start program join supporters and lawmakers outside the Capitol on Wednesday to call on Congress to fund the comprehensive education, health and nutrition service for low-income children and their families.
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  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., addresses the media about the ongoing budget battle on Capitol Hill. He was joined by Republican Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Steven Palazzo of Mississippi, and Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania.
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    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., addresses the media about the ongoing budget battle on Capitol Hill. He was joined by Republican Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Steven Palazzo of Mississippi, and Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania.
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  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined by House Democrats, speaks on the steps of the House during a news conference on Day 2 of the partial federal government shutdown.
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    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined by House Democrats, speaks on the steps of the House during a news conference on Day 2 of the partial federal government shutdown.
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  • A child stands on the barricade around the Lincoln Memorial. President Obama called congressional leaders to a White House meeting on Wednesday, providing a glimmer of hope that the shutdown may end soon.
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    A child stands on the barricade around the Lincoln Memorial. President Obama called congressional leaders to a White House meeting on Wednesday, providing a glimmer of hope that the shutdown may end soon.
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  • World War II veterans from the Chicago area, and others, were granted access to the National World War II Memorial on Wednesday, despite the shutdown.
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    World War II veterans from the Chicago area, and others, were granted access to the National World War II Memorial on Wednesday, despite the shutdown.
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  • Furloughed federal workers demonstrate in Washington. Hundreds of thousands of government employees can't work as long as the House of Representatives and Senate remain gridlocked.
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    Furloughed federal workers demonstrate in Washington. Hundreds of thousands of government employees can't work as long as the House of Representatives and Senate remain gridlocked.
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  • The shutdown is the first in 17 years. Among the federal sites closed is the Capitol Rotunda.
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    The shutdown is the first in 17 years. Among the federal sites closed is the Capitol Rotunda.
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  • Park ranger Jeff Gardner tells visitors to Yosemite National Park that the park is closed. Day visitors were allowed to pass through Yosemite but were instructed not to stop or use any facilities.
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    Park ranger Jeff Gardner tells visitors to Yosemite National Park that the park is closed. Day visitors were allowed to pass through Yosemite but were instructed not to stop or use any facilities.
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  • Darlene Tinsley, secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Government Employees, leads protesters in front of the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building in Cleveland.
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    Darlene Tinsley, secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Government Employees, leads protesters in front of the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building in Cleveland.
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  • Tyree Brown (center) and her classmates from the Corcoran College of Art and Design hold class on the steps of the National Gallery of Art.
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    Tyree Brown (center) and her classmates from the Corcoran College of Art and Design hold class on the steps of the National Gallery of Art.
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  • World War II veteran Russell Tucker of Meridian, Miss., stands outside a barricade at the World War II Memorial on Tuesday. The memorial was opened to the veterans group.
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    World War II veteran Russell Tucker of Meridian, Miss., stands outside a barricade at the World War II Memorial on Tuesday. The memorial was opened to the veterans group.
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  • The Department of the Interior issued a bulletin ordering national parks, including Mount Rushmore in Keystone, S.D., to suspend all activities and tell visitors to leave.
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    The Department of the Interior issued a bulletin ordering national parks, including Mount Rushmore in Keystone, S.D., to suspend all activities and tell visitors to leave.
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