CNBC’s Washington correspondent John Harwood has scored a sit-down today with President Obama to discuss the government shutdown. The NBCU cable net has scheduled the interview for today at 4 PM on Closing Bell With Maria Bartiromo. Congress pushed the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday over the GOP’s dispute with Obama’s health care law. The shutdown forced about 800,000 federal workers off the job and suspended many nonessential federal programs and services, including the Environmental Protection Agency, national parks, etc. Continuing to work are staffers classified as essential government employees, including air traffic controllers, border patrol agents, etc. — and the government will continue to pay Social Security benefits and Medicare and Medicaid fees to doctors. Here’s Harwood on CNBC when the shutdown officially began:

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