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US Shutdown

Duration:
29 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 01 October 2013

At least 700,000 federal employees are either staying at home or going into work without pay today after Republicans and Democrats couldn't agree on a spending plan, so forcing the government to shutdown non-essential services.The last time this happened was 17 years ago. This time, Democrats have blamed Republican intransigence in the budget discussion - especially when it comes to President Obama's spending on healthcare. And no more siestas for the Spanish? We find out how proposed changes to the country's time zone is causing a cultural shake-up.

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