15 October 2013

Still Shut Down

Fifteen days into a government shutdown, Republicans still can't agree among themselves what to do with a default on the national debt just days away, although they are leaning towards a complete concession on the issue.

In recent history, only a 21 day shutdown at the end of 1995 and beginning of 1996 was longer.  The Republican caucus in the House has grown dramatically more conservative in the interim (and even since 2011), while the Democratic caucus has changed very little ideologically in the same time period.

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