The National Mall, monuments and nationals parks, as well as large sections of the government, are closed due to a government shut down after Congress failed to agree on a budget bill.
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Flags on the St. Louis Riverfront blow in the breeze while the Gateway Arch is closed in St. Louis on October 1, 2013. The Arch and other National Parks throughout the United States are closed due to the federal government shutdown. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
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