Is this the 'golden age' of American hysteria?

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The United States is facing a fourth day of disrupted services, as the shutdown of its federal government - led by a faction of hardline House Republicans - continues into the weekend.

The dispute over the budget, and particularly Obamacare, has entered a dead heat. Some 800,000 federal employees have been sent home for an indefinite period, forcing the disruption of a wide array of services -- from disability and pension cheques to shelters for domestic abuse. Some observers say the stalemate could threaten the global economy.

Jian gets perspective on the impasse from writer and historian Jeff Shesol, who has described the current political climate in the U.S. as the "golden age of American hysteria".


The latest on the shutdown

Our friends at CBC News are closely following the latest developments. Below you'll find a look at some parts of American life that are closed or severely affected, as well as links to the latest coverage.



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