The Impact of the Looming Government Shutdown

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Protesters demonstrate in front of the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on April 6, 2011 urging for government spending cut.
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As the possibility of a government shutdown nears reality, 800,000 federal employees wonder whether or not their jobs are considered essential; how a shutdown will impact an economy still struggling to climb out of recession; new Census data show that America's future will be more racially diverse than ever; remembering the life half-Israeli, half-Palestinian theater artist Juliano Mer-Khamis; an update from Libya; and, Muslim feminist Asra Nomani thinks France's new "burqa ban" is a good thing for women and Islam.