Shutdown choices prompt accusations of White House favoritism
WASHINGTON — While Republicans and Democrats trade daily charges over who is to blame for the government shutdown, the White House has come under sharp attack for how it has shuttered services.
The administration’s critics, among them conservative websites and groups, see politics or favoritism in the choices the administration has made about what is essential and what is less so, suggesting that some of the decisions were intended simply to inflict pain that would draw media attention.
Among the charges: President Barack Obama closed commissaries for military personnel but kept open a military golf course he frequents; he ordered civilian military chaplains to stay home and barred veterans from national memorials.
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