US: A shutdown seems increasingly likely but is far from inevitable
It’s that time of year again: There is a tug-of-war in Washington over the budget and we have been reading warnings of a government shutdown for weeks. The Democrats and Republicans will ultimately reach an agreement, but, as one writer observed, “The only question is what chaos will ensue before that happens. And we’re on a path for maximum chaos, have no doubt.” Will there indeed be political pandemonium in Washington at the end of this month? Before the summer, the Democrats and Republicans reached an agreement on raising of the debt ceiling (in the aftermath, the U.S. received a credit rating downgrade ... (full story)
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