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The Government Shutdown Showdown

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The federal government shutdown that has been mentioned for weeks as a possibility became a reality Tuesday morning after lawmakers failed to strike a deal on a stopgap spending measure.Senate Democrats and House Republicans have been trading proposals for days that the other side has said are non-starters. Bills that pass one chamber have gained no traction in the other.
 
There will be plenty of collateral damage from the government shutdown that began early Tuesday — from federal workers to ordinary citizens — but the most serious effects are likely to be felt inside a Republican Party that is divided and in need of leadership.
 
On Capitol Hill, Republicans and Democrats traded accusations for Congress’s failure to find a way to fund the government for two more months — an act that, even if it had been done, would hardly be something to crow about. Such limited ambitions — asking lawmakers in essence to punt for 60 or so more days, when another round of squabbling presumably would occur — underscore the breakdown of the system.
 
Tonight GGT and the CPT crew will discuss this issue and more

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