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September 24, 2013

Why a Government Shutdown is Unlikely

Philip Klein: "The nation now has more than two and a half years of experience with divided government during the Obama presidency. And each time there has been a major crisis, it's followed a familiar pattern. The sides are far apart. It looks like the crisis may hit. Then, at the last minute, there's some sort of deal that's able to pass the Senate that Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is able to get through the House of Representatives with a lot of help from Democrats."

Jonathan Cohn: "The conflict over financing government operations--and, weeks from now, raising the debt ceiling--is all about Boehner and his lieutenants waiting until the last possible minute, so that he can extract the biggest concessions from Democrats while telling the conservative base he did the best he could. One way or another, the two sides will come together before the government runs out of money and before it taps out its borrowing authority."

Wonk Wire: Republican pols fight back on possible shutdown


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