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October 17, 2013


Democrats Hope to Avoid Another Crisis in 90 Days

National Journal: "Two main assumptions underpin those Democratic hopes. The first is that Republicans, wounded politically in the current shutdown bout, will not want to rehash another government-shutdown battle in only 90 days. The second is that GOP hawks will come to the table to discuss unwinding the automatic cuts in place due to sequestration because the defense sector will take a bigger share of cutbacks in 2014 than it did in 2013."

"Both assumptions could prove false. Democrats have consistently overestimated the current, tea-party-infused Republican Party's willingness to negotiate away sequestration because of defense spending. And plenty of House Republicans, even amid plummeting poll numbers, did not sound ready to give up the fight."












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