Calling the White House? Call back later. Shutdown takes toll on White House operations

  • Article by: JOSH LEDERMAN , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 8, 2013 - 8:40 AM

WASHINGTON — Now in its second week, the partial government shutdown has taken its toll on the White House, where about 3 of 4 staffers have been furloughed, barred even from checking the BlackBerrys they usually clutch like worry beads.