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A sign posted outside the National Zoo earlier this month declares its closure, along with the closure of all Smithsonian museums. They were all on the wish list for Jill Rorem, whose family plans were undone by the shutdown. But she's not alone: The shutdown's ramifications on the arts have been felt far beyond the Beltway. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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As Shutdown Crawls On, Artists And Nonprofits Fear For Their 'Fragile Industry'

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Asylum-seeker Allan Monga, 19, won Maine's Poetry Out Loud competition in March. But he's been barred from the national competition because he's not a citizen or permanent resident. Courtesy of the Maine Arts Commission hide caption

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Maine Asylum-Seeker Fights For His Right To Poetry

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Stephen King poses for the cameras during his promotional tour for the novel Doctor Sleep in 2013. Now, just imagine him in a suit and tie, with a medal around his neck. Francois Mori/AP hide caption

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