Samia Khan

For 16 days, culture nearly died in our nation’s capitol. As the shutdown began, most news stories focused on how absurd it was that our government had crumbled under pressure from ultra-right wing conservatives. Yes, the Tea Party had successfully taken control of Republicans, shut down our government, and put thousands of federal employees out of work. But there was something else they tried to accomplish as well—they shut down our cultural heritage.

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