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Michelle Obama cancels swank fundraising soirees amid shutdown

First lady Michelle Obama will have to reschedule a planned fundraising swing through the West Coast, the latest casualty in a string of <strong><a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/9/first-ladys-fundraisers-shuttered-shutdown/">government shutdown</a></strong> repercussions. The two are shown here dancing at the Governors Ball in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 22, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


First lady Michelle Obama will have to reschedule a planned fundraising swing through the West Coast, the latest casualty in a string of government shutdown repercussions. The two are shown here dancing at the Governors Ball in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 22, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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First lady Michelle Obama will have to reschedule a planned fundraising swing through the West Coast, the latest casualty in a string of government shutdown repercussions.

Mrs. Obama was supposed to be in Los Angeles on Friday and then in San Francisco by Sunday. But a Democratic operative said the trips have been called off, The Hill reported. Part of the San Francisco trip would have put Mrs. Obama at a joint Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Most White House staffers have been sent on furlough in recent days — including those who book trips for President Obama and his wife, The Hill reported.

Her travels are supposed to be rescheduled, post-shutdown.

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