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Commentary: The lasting damage of shutdowns

When the federal government shuts down, many problematic repercussions follow.

Food and medicine don't reach people in need, federal workers are caught in limbo without guaranteed pay for time lost, long-term damage is done to national parks, small businesses that cater to government employees experience significant losses and the government's ability to respond to international disasters is severely limited.

But there is another, more insidious

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