Students from the Corcoran College of Art and Design hold a makeshift class on the steps of the National Gallery of Art, which they did not realize is closed, in Washington October 1, 2013. The ... more 
Students from the Corcoran College of Art and Design hold a makeshift class on the steps of the National Gallery of Art, which they did not realize is closed, in Washington October 1, 2013. The students were supposed to hold a class inside the museum today but did not get word that the U.S. government began a partial shutdown, closing all national museums. The U.S. government partially shut down for the first time in 17 years on Tuesday as a standoff between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans over healthcare reforms closed many government offices, museums and national parks and slowed everything from trade negotiations to medical research. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) less 
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Tue, Oct 1, 2013 11:29 AM EDT