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ANALYSIS: US paralysis at Apec

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Nusa Dua (Indonesia) - The US government warned Sunday that business in America was suffering from the federal shutdown as concern about Washington's policy paralysis was voiced at an Asia-Pacific summit marred by the enforced absence of President Barack Obama. 

MISSING IN APEC: US President Barack Obama was stuck in Washington with Vice-President Joe Biden and members of Congress, while other world leaders were meeting at the Apec summit in Bali. (AFP photo)

The first government closure in 17 years has directly affected hundreds of thousands of federal employees, but Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said companies were also starting to hurt, not least from her department's inability to collate vital economic data.

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