1. Silence

    Government Shutdown Closes Library of Congress

    The Capitol is seen in Washington, Monday morning, Sept. 23, 2013, with only a week left for Congress to pass a funding bill in order to avoid a government shutdown. The Republican-led House on Friday approved legislation to keep the government running but at the cost of wiping out the Affordable Care Act, popularly known at "Obamacare." Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid has vowed to keep the health law intact despite Republicans' attempts. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    Now that thesis is really never getting done. As part of the federal government shutdown, both the Library of Congress and the National Archives were closed down Tuesday, and will remain closed until further notice. The websites of both institutions have been shut down as well, and their social-media sites have stopped updating. All public events are canceled until the end of the shutdown. The National Endowment for the Arts website is operational, and you can search for old material, but it will not be updated or monitored.

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