The Government Shutdown Republicans in the House and Democrats in the Senate failed to reach an agreement on a spending bill to fund the federal government in time for the Oct. 1, 2013, deadline. Get the latest news and analysis about the partial government shutdown.

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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President Clinton shakes hands with House Speaker Newt Gingrich prior to giving his State of the Union address in January 1996. Denis Paquin/AP hide caption

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An empty Senate meeting room, just outside the chamber, is seen Monday in Washington. Only a week remains for Congress to pass a funding bill to avoid a government shutdown. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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