Live Blog: Partial government shutdown takes hold

Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a protracted dispute over President Barack Obama's signature health care law reached a boiling point, forcing some 800,000 federal workers off the job.


Police officers guard the Lincoln Memorial while waiting for instructions on when to close the area off to visitors due to the government shutdown in Washington, Oct. 1, 2013. Federal workers across the country braced for an uncertain financial future on Tuesday after Congress gave up hope of passing a budget in the face of Republican attacks on the new health care law. (AP) 
by Terry Sauer
The sun rises over the National Mall on the morning of a government shutdown, in Washington, Oct. 1, 2013. Federal workers across the country braced for an uncertain financial future on Tuesday after Congress gave up hope of passing a budget in the face of Republican attacks on the new health care law. (AP) 
by Terry Sauer
A sign posted on a door at Castle Clinton National Monument reads, "Because of the federal government shutdown, this National Park Service facility is closed," Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 in New York. "Closed" signs and barricades sprang up at the Lincoln Memorial, and national parks and federal workplaces across the country were following suit. (AP) 
by Terry Sauer
A park ranger, who declined to give his name, reads a sign announcing the closing of the Statue of Liberty, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in New York. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law forced about 800,000 federal workers off the job, suspending all but essential services. (AP) 
by Terry Sauer
Jeanne Holler, Deputy Refuge Manager at the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Center, hangs a "Closed" signs outside the center in Bloomington, Minn., early Tuesday. All of Minnesota's national parks and other national recreational sites will be closed due to the government shut down. (Star Tribune photo by Elizabeth Flores) 
by Terry Sauer
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