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Bad Timing: If the government shuts down on Oct. 1, D.C. libraries would shutter the same day that extended hours are enacted. -5

The Sky’s The Limit:The District proposed dramatic changes to the Height Act today, which would free the city from any federal height restrictions outside historic L’Enfant City. Even if it isn’t passed, this will definitely spur conversation. +4

Pressing Matters:At this point, it’s unclear if the Panda Cam at the National Zoo would survive a government shutdown. -3

National Treasures: The Smithsonian Institution officially adopted Jim Henson‘s muppets, meaning they now belong to the great United States of America. +3

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 58 Today’s score:-1Needle rating: 57