With President Jimmy Carter watching, Benjamin Civiletti is sworn in by Chief Justice Warren Burger as U.S. attorney general on Aug. 16, 1979. The following year, Civiletti issued a legal opinion saying that federal work cannot go on until Congress agrees to pay for it. AP hide caption

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From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Scott Horsley on the history of shutdowns

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Obama: Obamacare Is 'Here To Stay'

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If The Government Shuts Down, You May Not Notice (At First)

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Commander In Chief, Explainer In Chief Tout Health Care Law

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Obama Comforts Families Of Navy Yard Shooting

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President Obama gestures as he speaks to workers at the Ford Kansas City Stamping Plant in Liberty, Mo., on Friday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Obama's Latest Challenges Go Beyond The GOP

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Senators, Economists Lobby For Yellen To Be Fed Chairman

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Obama Looks To Businesses For Back Up In Budget, Debt Fights

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Financial Crisis Recovery Has Been Bumpy For Some

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President Obama's speeches about Syria have at times seemed to reveal his own internal struggle on the topic. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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In Syria Debate, Obama's Internal Dialogue Becomes Audible

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Obama Puts Military Strike In Syria On Hold

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Obama Wins Support From Only Half Of G-20

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Obama Uses G-20 Summit To Gather Support On Syria

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Syria Becomes Unofficial Focus Of G-20 Meeting In Russia

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