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September 19, 2014 Since the GOP retook the House, the chamber once brought the country to the brink of a debt default and once shut down the government. But in election years, including this one, there's no such drama.
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U.S. Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) is surrounded by reporters at the Capitol Friday after a briefing on the debt ceiling.
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July 29, 2011 If an impasse were to drag on for more than a few weeks, health care providers could be unable to pay their staffs or even face insolvency, say health care experts and former government officials.
July 18, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the effects of a possible government default, and the opinion page looks at the risks of a U.S. draw-down in Iraq. In the second hour, the road back to work after long-term unemployment, and making those who refuse vaccinations pay a price.
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