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October 20, 2014

Why the Shutdown Won’t End This Week

Matt Yglesias: “There are two different issues that Republicans need to give in on. First they need to stop holding the functioning of the government hostage to their desire to repeal the Affordable Care Act and second they need to stop holding the functioning of the American legal and financial system hostage to their desire to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Boehner would presumably like to do this all at once—like taking off a Band-Aid.”

“But that means the government has to stay shut down all the way until the chaotic 11th hour of the debt ceiling which is still almost two weeks off. That means at least another week of stalling and posturing on the shutdown while various people lose access to important services.”

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