This week in Government: 66 government shutdown questions, Boulder furloughed workers, and a FEMA flood recovery flood status report.

Although most of us know about the government shutdown, we may still have questions about specifics like “What is a furlough?”, “Why can’t Congress agree?”, and “Will student loans be affected?”  USA Today answered 66 common questions in an article that came to them via Twitter followers.  A follow-up article answered 27 more questions.  They are both worth the read.

Locally, as Boulder is just recovering from a flood, the government shutdown extended financial strain on federal research laboratory employees, some university employees, and all the businesses they contribute to.  Colorado River Public Media investigated life and plans for some of these furloughed workers.

Colorado flood victims have received more than $60.7 million in state and federal assistance according to a report issued by FEMA.  Other key financial figures in this report are highlighted by the Longmont Times-Call.

As part of a progressive, academic community, Boulderites might be interested to know that a chemical watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,  won the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

A Nobel Peace Prize nominee and 16-year-old Pakastani education activist, Malala Yousafzai, has a fantastic interview on Jon Stewart.

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