People line up for their U.S. passports, trying to get in under the deadline that would cause a shutdown, at the Federal Building in Los Angeles, Friday, April 8, 2011. The federal government lurched ... more 
People line up for their U.S. passports, trying to get in under the deadline that would cause a shutdown, at the Federal Building in Los Angeles, Friday, April 8, 2011. The federal government lurched toward a shutdown for the first time in 15 years Friday as Republicans and Democrats in Congress struggled for a way out and swapped increasingly incendiary charges over which side was to blame. By midday Friday, 12 hours before the funding would run out, most federal employees had been told whether they had been deemed essential or would be temporarily laid off in the event of a shutdown. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Damian Dovarganes
Fri, Apr 8, 2011 7:06 PM EDT