Federal shutdown

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As the partial government shutdown drags into its third week, some companies haven’t missed the opportunity to squeeze some publicity out of it. Last week, Starbucks gave away free cups of coffee to anyone who bought another person a beverage in its stores. The company also urged customers to sign a petition, asking lawmakers to end the shutdown.

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Eli Sanders of The Stranger. 

Seattle incumbent mayor Mike McGinn and challenger state Senator Ed Murray met in their first televised debate this week. Our panel weighs in on the candidate's performance and the latest polling. Word of a compromise is heard from Washington, D.C., as the partial government shutdown continues into a second week. Where does the Washington state delegation stand? Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank dials in from Chicago.

From Matt Manweller's Facebook page.

When it comes to Washingtonian sentiment about government gridlock, partisan politics is the name of the game.  Whether it’s here in the Puget Sound region, or in the Central and Eastern parts of the state, political leanings are the lens through which Washington residents are viewing the crisis.

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Paychecks and research have come to a halt at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Seattle due to the partial government shutdown. Some NOAA researchers have been given special dispensation to come in to work only to feed the fish and invertebrates they study.

Morale at NOAA is pretty low for the skeleton crew that continues to come in to forecast the weather. So on Thursday they held a potluck to raise their spirits, serving up dishes with names like sequester quencher soda and filibuster parfait.

Pressure Mounts On Congressional Republicans

Oct 10, 2013

The federal government is still in a partial shutdown. On Thursday, President Obama met with lawmakers from either side, but no agreement was reached. As pressure mounts, some House Republicans have said they will vote for a clean spending bill, no strings attached. Washington's Representative Dave Reichert is one of them. Steve Scher talks with Andrea Seabrook of DecodeDC.

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Sharon Beatty of Everett was diagnosed with stage four melanoma in June. The prognosis isn’t good. She hasn’t responded well to chemotherapy, and her family was pinning its hopes on a vaccine trial at the Clinical Research Center of the National Institutes of Health.

With Shutdown, Student Veterans Face Uncertainty Over Benefits

Oct 3, 2013
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The government's partial shutdown has put many federal benefits at risk, including education benefits for veterans covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. That money goes towards tuition, housing, books and more.  Steve Scher talks with Tom Jenkins, a senior at UW and president of Husky United Military Veterans about how the shutdown is affecting student veterans.

With the federal government shut down for the first time since 1996, Congress is now heading toward a fight over raising the nation's debt ceiling. What would it mean for the US government to default on the debt? David Hyde talks with Rolling Stone financial writer and contributing editor Matt Taibbi.

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Photos of the government shutdown have not been kind to Republicans: Images of children who can’t play in parks that have been closed and of low-income children who can’t attend Head Start, the government's early education program. And then, of course, are the images of tourists squeezing between national monuments and barriers for posed shots.

The effects of the partial federal government shutdown are rippling across the Northwest.

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Congress has failed to reach a deal to fund the federal government, leading to the first shutdown in 17 years. We hear from furloughed worker Kurt Morley about how the shutdown is affecting him and talk with Chris Grygiel of the Associated Press about what's open and what's closed today in Washington state.

Closed national parks will be one of the first visible effects of the partial government shutdown expected to begin Tuesday. National forest and BLM campgrounds will also close.

The new fiscal year starts October 1, so a bill to fund the government must be passed by both chambers in Congress and signed by Obama by midnight tonight. Republicans blame Democrats and Democrats blame Republicans about the current stalemate.

According to Chris Vance, there is more than enough blame to go around. Vance is the former Republican Party state chairman for Washington and the co-chair of the Washington chapter of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. He joins David Hyde to discuss negotiations, or the lack thereof, by both parties in our government.