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Wed, Oct 2, 2013 4:16 PM EDT

This morning, Colorlines hosted a chat with our steadily growing Twitter community about the federal government shutdown and its potential longterm implications. We invited columnist Imara Jones to expound on his continued coverage of the shutdown and invited our followers to pose questions and tweet comments about everything from their predictions on how long the furloughs will last to the Tea Party's strong belief that, by taking away much needed employment and social services, it has the country's best interest at heart. 

Here's a Storify feed of our Twitter chat. Read what's already been said and continue the discussion, using the hashtag #shutdownchat.

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