David Welna David Welna is NPR's national security correspondent.
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Government Shut Down: A Threat To Social Security?

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, shown at a Thursday news conference, has done little to tamp down speculation about a government shutdown. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Democrats Stopped The Clock. Will They Alter Rules?

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Shooting suspect Jared Loughner allegedly customized a Glock semiautomatic pistol like the one above to hold an extended ammunition magazine that would have been illegal six years ago. Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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