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Shutdown politics

October 7, 2013

The U.S. government has been shut down for a week now and so far there seems to be no end in sight. ¬†What started as a fight over funding the Affordable Care Act, has now caused some 800,000 federal employees to be furloughed and thousands of federal offices to close.¬† As the stalemate continues, economists worry about the long-term effect on the U.S. economy, particularly with the approaching debt ceiling deadline on October 17th.¬† So why are we in this mess and what is the way out? ¬†Marty talks shutdown politics with ROBERT COSTA, Washington editor for National Review.¬† Than what does the shutdown say about Washington and our dysfunctional government?¬† We get insight from NORMAN ORNSTEIN, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author of¬† It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism.

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