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The first full day of government shutdown ended in another stalemate as Dems rejected an attempt by House GOP-ers to restore funding to delayed veterans benefits and closed national parks and memorials, and to give D.C. the authority to use local revenue to continue operations.

President Barack Obama has postponed visits to Malaysia and the Philippines so he can concentrate on dealing with the first federal government shutdown in 17 years, an administration official confirmed this morning.

President Obama marked the opening of enrollment in the new health insurance marketplace in a speech in the Rose Garden on Tuesday, saying that despite the partial shutdown of the federal government “a big part of the Affordable Care Act is now open for business.”

Nearly 3 million people tried to sign onto the Affordable Care Act’s main federal website at yesterday, only to be met with frozen screens. Officials said it was a testament to the site’s popularity; critics said it was evidence the government has bungled the effort.