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A closure sign is posted on the national mall near the US Capitol in Washington, DC, October 3, 2013, as seen during the third day of the federal government shutdown. US President Barack Obama on October 3, directly attacked Republican Speaker John Boehner, saying he could end a 'reckless' US government shutdown in just five minutes.
We've reported a lot this week about Americans' response to our government's partial shutdown, but we were curious about the foreign perspective on the shutdown.
We now turn to our neighbor to the north and journalist Neil Macdonald, senior Washington Correspondent for the National newspaper in Canada.