As the sun started its descent behind the U.S. Capitol building on Monday, it seemed virtually certain to rise on a partially shuttered federal government. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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With Shutdown Looming, Senate Takes Up Stopgap Spending Bill

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What Happens To The Economy If The Government Shuts Down?

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Rep. Roe: 'We're Not Interested In A Shutdown'

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Hours From Shutdown, Senate Says No To House Plan

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Party On: Legislation passed last week allows the Federal Helium Reserve to continue selling the stockpiled gas. Above, Jonathan Trappe launches his 370-balloon craft from Caribou, Maine, in an attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 12. Alexandre Ayre/Barcroft Media/Landov hide caption

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Here's Something Congress Can Agree On: Helium

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives Monday at the White House to meet with President Obama. The two are expected to discuss Iran's nuclear program, Syria's civil war, and peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Inside the Capitol, lawmakers are battling over health care and the budget. Outside, many government services may come to a stop at midnight. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Ailsa Chang on what's expected to happen Monday

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From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Ailsa Chang on what's expected to happen Monday

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House, Senate Disagree On How To Keep Government Open

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The audience concentrates on a presentation by Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger's office about the federal health care overhaul at the University of Kansas satellite campus in Overland Park, Kan., earlier this month. John Hanna/AP hide caption

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Insurance Exchange 101: Here's What You Need To Know

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With President Jimmy Carter watching, Benjamin Civiletti is sworn in by Chief Justice Warren Burger as U.S. attorney general on Aug. 16, 1979. The following year, Civiletti issued a legal opinion saying that federal work cannot go on until Congress agrees to pay for it. AP hide caption

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From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Scott Horsley on the history of shutdowns

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