Susan and Kevin Padgett walk with their dog Jessey as they exit Point Park atop Lookout Mountain early Monday afternoon. The federal government shutdown means the park will close its gates.
Susan and Kevin Padgett walk with their dog Jessey as they exit Point Park atop Lookout Mountain early Monday afternoon. The federal government shutdown means the park will close its gates.
Photo by Dan Henry .
published Monday, September 30th, 2013
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WASHINGTON — For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation's health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats adamantly refused.

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