Diary of a Government Shutdown

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  • The War Within
  • The Fat Lady Sings
  • How Low Can They Go?
  • Cruel, Cruel World
  • Salmonella Strikes
  • Cruel, Cruel World
  • Pain, Pain, Pain
  • It's a Shame
  • Enough Already
  • Does That Sound Fair to You?
  • Clean Up Your Act
  • Day 2
  • What's Up, John Boehner?
  • Not Even an Inch
  • Day 3
  • Danger Ahead
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Party Down
  • Day 8
  • No Surrender
  • China Says: Get It Together
  • The Capitol Is Closed
  • He Started It

How Low Can They Go?

The federal government has suspended the $100,000 death gratuity and other benefits for relatives of fallen service members, including five killed over the weekend in Afghanistan. The payment is usually sent within three days to help families cover the funeral costs and travel to meet the soldiers' flag-draped coffins at the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The Pentagon says a nonprofit group has volunteered to give each family the $100,000 gratuity.

(Photo: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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