The Atlanta-based agency says it shut down nine of its 10 Global Disease Detection Centers -- set up as an early-warning network for nasty diseases; lab work to test food-borne and other illnesses isn't being done and the agency's travel safety program is finding few illnesses at quarantine stations, possibly because fewer people are on the job.
"We'll have to see if that's a fluke or not," CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds said.
5.ANGER ALL AROUND
Congressional Democrats blame Republicans. Republicans blame Democrats. But whom do you blame? A new CNN/ORC poll indicates Americans think both sides need a kick in the butt, though more people thought the GOP could use one. According to the poll, 63% of those questioned say they are angry at the Republicans for the way they have handled the shutdown. It was just 57% for the Dems.
While those are the big trends Monday, here's another thing worth knowing about:
Judge's order? It's not the sort of language you're used to hearing from the bench, but a federal judge has a suggestion for lawmakers behind the shutdown: "It is time to tell Congress to go to hell," U.S. District Judge George R. Kopf wrote on his personal blog. "It's the right thing to do."
In the posting Monday, first reported by The Verge, Kopf bemoans the shutdown's impact on district courts and mulls over what might happen if chief judges simply declare their employees essential.
"Given such an order, Congress would have two choices," Kopf writes."It could do nothing in which event Congress loses its ability to destroy the judiciary (by) failing to pass a budget. Or, Congress could go bats**t (asterisks ours), and the judiciary and Congress could have it out."