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1. The nationwide shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration is putting people out of work throughout the country, including in Oakland where a $31 million construction project at the airport has been halted, the Trib reports. The Republican-controlled House forced the shutdown when it demanded that funding for the FAA include anti-union measures and a curtailment of money for rural airports in Democratic-leaning states, a move that Senate Democrats rejected, the New York Times reports.
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Although air traffic controllers and airplane safety inspectors remain on the job, all other FAA employees are now on unpaid furlough and FAA-funded construction jobs have been stopped. The shutdown is expected to last until at least Labor Day because Congress is now on its annual summer break.