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Government shutdown creates a January slowdown for businesses trying to adapt

Jan 09, 2019 - Washington Post Blogs

At the Swann House, a cozy bed-and-breakfast in a fin de si├Ęcle mansion a few blocks from Dupont Circle, 11 empty, impeccably decorated rooms are languishing in shutdown mode.

There is a piano in the sitting room, but no one to play it. There are abstract paintings on the walls, but no one to view them. There are 11 fireplaces, but no one to build a fire.

On the 19th day of a partial government shutdown, some federal workers are suffering as they start to go without paychecks. Me...