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Shutdown escape: Bidens retreat to Camp David for three-day holiday weekend

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The federal government is closed, but Camp David is very much open for Vice President Joseph R. Biden and his wife, Jill.

While most national parks are closed and hundreds of thousands of federal employees are furloughed due to the shutdown, the Bidens are spending the three-day holiday weekend at the exclusive presidential retreat in Maryland’s Catoctin mountains.

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Staffing at Camp David is provided primarily by the Navy and the Marine Corps. The 200-acre retreat includes a swimming pool, movie theater, bowling alley, a mountaintop cafe and VIP guest cabins.

A brief announcement of the vice president’s plans said, “There are no public events scheduled” for the weekend getaway.

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Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of Allentown, Pa., Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Penn State University. Boyer can be reached at

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