Justin Mudge walks through the muddy interior of his great uncle's gun shop, destroyed by flooding caused by Irene on Sept. 1 in Prattsville, N.Y. FEMA will run out of money to help disaster victims by early next week unless Congress acts. Monika Graff/Getty Images hide caption

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Cities across the country are investing more money in infrastructure to make roads safer for bikes. Last week, a highway bill faced resistance from lawmakers who saw those kinds of projects as an inappropriate use of federal funds. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Transportation Security Administration screeners check passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta last month. The TSA was created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Erik S. Lesser/AP hide caption

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks to Tea Party members during the Restoring America event on Saturday in Indianola, Iowa. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Jarrid Gonyea and his wife, Michelle, check out damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene on Hurricane Road in Keene, N.Y., on Monday. The costs of the storm that stretched across the Eastern Seaboard are estimated to be in the billions. Hans Pennink/AP hide caption

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Fen Rascoe boards up his parents' cottage as they prepare for Hurricane Irene on Thursday in Nags Head, N.C., which is under a mandatory evacuation order. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Passengers wait in line at the United Airlines terminal at Chicago's O'Hare airport in 2009 after a computer malfunction caused long delays and the cancellation of some United flights. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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A provision attached to a Federal Aviation Administration budget extension would cut subsidies for flights to rural airports. Among the airports that could be affected is one in Ely, Nev., home state of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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A fence secures the perimeter of a half-completed 236-foot FAA control tower at Oakland International Airport. Construction has been halted because of the FAA shutdown. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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The new Automated Target Recognition software eliminates passenger-specific images and replaces them with generic outlines. Courtesy of Transportation Security Administration hide caption

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Pedestrians stop to view the National Debt Clock in New York this April. The debt ceiling is becoming an election issue, as groups on both sides spend millions on TV ads. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Firefighters in the nation's capital (shown near the White House in 2004) have some fairly sophisticated communication devices. But those devices use the same commercial networks as D.C.-area residents. In an emergency, those networks can get crowded. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images hide caption

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Pilot Gregg Pointon shows off the cockpit of a Boeing 787 flight simulator. GPS navigation is the basis for a new air traffic control system the government plans to build, but a company's plan to expand broadband Internet could interfere with GPS signals. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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FEMA Director William Craig Fugate speaks to the media as U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (left) and American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern (right) listen after a meeting with President Obama at the White House earlier this month. Obama was briefed on the 2011 hurricane season. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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