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The Wheels On The Bus Come To A Screeching, Jolting Halt

Those big orange parts of the circles below? That's people who are no longer working because of the shutdown. And that means, for example, the salmonella outbreaks linked to chicken and other things the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (part of the HHS in the graph below) handles are going to get a lot less attention than they should. Add that to the suspension of food assistance for kids, the halt to some medical treatments for cancer patients, and much more. You mad yet?

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The Effect Of The 2013 Government Shutdown On Agencies


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In 1945, Lily Ebert, now 90, was liberated from a German munitions factory where she worked as slave labor after being transferred from the Auschwitz death camp.

A few weeks after being liberated, an American soldier shared some words of positivity with her, "The start to a new life. Good luck and happiness," he wrote on a German banknote.

The simple gesture was life-changing for Ebert and the banknote became one of her most treasured keepsakes.

"This soldier was the first human being who was kind to us," she told NBC News. "It was the first time after this terrible life that somebody was kind and I knew that somebody wants to help."

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