This morning Americans awoke to find that they now have more in common with Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo—we're a nation without a functioning government.
While those places have been victims of violence, war and poverty, the government-free condition of the United States is completely self inflicted: America has shut down its own government over a disagreement that couldn't be resolved by midnight.
Who is to blame: The executive or legislative branches, or both? Take our survey here.
Don't forget to also check out our government shutdown playlist. As we all wait, listen to some tunes that represent the gridlock. To share your own shutdown song leave a comment here, tweet us @TheTakeaway or leave a comment on Facebook.