Many of the power structures in Washington D.C. aka This Town were brought to a halt by the government shutdown. Those range from Department of Justice lawyers handling civil cases to lobbyists pitching Congress and regulatory agencies on behalf of their clients. More such as the U.S. Supreme Court could join them if the shutdown is long-term.
Here THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL details the disruption. One wonders if the best-selling book "This Town" by Mark Leibovich made the gods angry and they unleashed this plague on the influential players inside the beltway. Those the gods wish to punish they might first make unusually powerful.