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Shutdown Takeaways

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2013 file photo people visit the closed World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, despite signs stating that the national parks are closed due to the federal shutdown. The Lincoln Memorial is in the background. The shutdown is transforming a musty debate over the role of government in America into a coast-to-coast, prime-time reality show. With landmarks closed, paychecks delayed and workers furloughed, Americans are drawing dueling lessons from the rippling effects of the partial shutdown: either the disruptions show that the feds are way too involved in people's lives, or that the government does a lot of vital things that people take for granted. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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