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Today on CNN STUDENT NEWS, it's a shutdown showdown.

President Obama and Democrats versus Republicans on issues of U.S. government spending.

Today, we're looking at this by the numbers.

We are eight days into this partial government shutdown.

It started one minute after midnight on October 1.

About 483,000 government workers are furloughed; they are home from work without pay.

That's a drop from the roughly 800,000 workers originally furloughed, since many have been called back to work.

Those furloughed workers account for 14 percent of all federal employees, so most government workers are still on the job.

Who's getting blamed?

According to a poll released on Monday, 63 percent of Americans are angry with Republicans, 57 percent are angry with Democrats, 53 percent are angry with President Obama.

We're eight days into the shutdown and eight days away from the debt ceiling deadline.

That's another Washington fight to keep an eye on.

Here is another number for you: 40,389.

That's about how many miles the Olympic flame will travel as it makes its way to Sochi, Russia for next February's winter games.

On land, in the air, in water, into space.

It is the longest torch relay ever for the Winter Olympics, but there could be some bumps on the path to Russia's games.

The Olympic spirit has returned to Russia.

The flame's journey across this massive country started in Red Square, past St.Basil's Cathedral and the red walls of the Kremlin.

From here, it will travel 65,000 kilometers, crossing nine time zones between Russia's eastern and western borders.

This man says it feels patriotic and unforgettable to see the flame.

It's been a long time since the Olympic flame was last in the Russian capital.

That was for the 1980 Moscow games.

Dozens of countries boycotted the event because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Thirty-three years later, some people have been calling for boycotts again, because of scenes like this.

It's a protest against a recent law targeting Russia's gay community.

It's now illegal to tell Russian children gay and straight relationships are equal.

Activists say the law is discriminatory, but international Olympic officials say it does not breach their charter.

Planning and building in Sochi has been immense.

The city by the Black Sea was a run-down, Soviet era summer resort destination with no winter sports facilities.

It's getting a total makeover.

Cost estimates now exceed $50 billion.

The weather could also be a challenge.

Even in the mountains, Sochi isn't always cold in winter, and snowfall can be patchy.

That's why organizers have spent big on high-tech snowmaking gear and storing huge mounds of last season's snow through the summer.

Those are the potential problems.

But the flame's arrival marks the start of a campaign to build and spread Olympic excitement here.

The relay even includes a cosmic side trip.

One of the torches without a flame will be carried aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station.

Phil Black, CNN, Moscow.

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