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Smithsonian National Zoo Re-Opens After Government Shutdown

[WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 18: Local residents Sandy Milia (L) and her 2-year-old grandson Henry (2nd L) are greeted by a National Zoo staff member dressed as a panda as they wait for the zoo to reopen at 10am on October 18, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Smithsonians National Zoo reopened to visitors after the Congress approved another continuing resolution to fund the federal government. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images).]

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  • NoNewt

    Ah, yes, the National Zoo. Otherwise known as “The Other Thing Impacted By the ‘Shutdown'” (the other being the national parks – either of which could have been re-opened by the targeted spending bills the GOP was pushing).

    And yet. Judging by the US media, who cynically exaggerated the impact of the “shutdown,” or the foreign media, who naively assumed it meant much more than it did and whose highly-stereotyped understanding of the US further bolstered their assumptions, this was World War III, confined entirely within the US.

    Americans deserve a better media. As for the dimwitted foreign media: I think the rest of the world deserves a better understanding of America.

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