Congress: Shutdown

Washington Post: "The U.S. government began to shut down for the first time in 17 years early Tuesday, after a Congress bitterly divided over President Obama’s signature health-care initiative failed to reach agreement to fund federal agencies. Hours before a midnight deadline, the Republican House passed its third proposal in two weeks to fund the government for a matter of weeks. Like the previous plans, the new one sought to undermine the Affordable Care Act, this time by delaying enforcement of the 'individual mandate,' a cornerstone of the law that requires all Americans to obtain health insurance."

New York Times: "The impasse meant that 800,000 federal workers were to be furloughed and more than a million others would be asked to work without pay. The Office of Management and Budget issued orders shortly before the midnight deadline that 'agencies should now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations' because Congress had failed to act to keep the federal government financed."

NBC's Michael O'Brien looks at the winners and losers so far in the shutdown showdown.