The Shutdown Message FBI Agents Didn’t Want

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_05358d531b.jpgChip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- For FBI agents who’ve devoted their careers to protecting the U.S. homeland or rooting out major crime across the country, this was not the message they wanted to read on the second day of the government shutdown: “Unfortunately, whether you are in an ‘Excepted’ or ‘Non Excepted’ status, there may be a financial impact to your paycheck.”

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Some Senators Manning the Phones for Furloughed Staff

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_5e9c5fc45c.jpgSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The phones are still ringing in Washington, D.C. offices, where furloughed congressional staffers once roamed. So some U.S. senators have stepped up to take their own constituents’ calls. “Let ‘em rip baby!” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said as he sat down at the front desk of his Capitol Hill office to take phone calls Wednesday afternoon.

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John Boehner Tells GOP Moderates to ‘Trust Me’

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_87979a73cd.jpgSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The White House session Wednesday night was important, but perhaps an even more critical meeting for Speaker John Boehner took place earlier the same day in his Capitol office. He met with a group of more than a dozen moderate Republicans, urging them to stick with him in what he acknowledged was an anxious and tense period during the government shutdown.

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Obama Cancels Trips to Malaysia, the Philippines Amid Shutdown

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_7d8f8be3eb.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza (WASHINGTON) -- The government shutdown has forced President Obama to cancel half of his upcoming trip to Asia. In a statement Wednesday, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the president's trip to Malaysia and the Philippines next week has been postponed.

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Furloughed Workers Call on Congress to 'Get Their Act Together'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_62a204d27f.jpgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Furloughed government workers are getting some time off, but the vacation is likely to be a period of increased anxiety for federal employees who do not know when they will go back to work -- or get a pay check. Among the nervous crop of government workers is Matthew Hoffman, a scientist with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., who said he had to "close up the labs" and "shut down experiments and leave."

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