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Paula Dwyer

Can Wall Street Stop the Shutdown?

There are three groups in a position to exert pressure on the hard conservatives in Congress who precipitated the government shutdown.

If House Speaker John Boehner can't get his troops to pass aspending billacceptable to the Senate, it's time for the grownups to take charge.

So who might be able to pull off such an intervention? I can think of three groups that should try, starting with the Wall Street brassmeeting with President Barack Obama at the White House tomorrow. They've been unusually timid, beyond issuing anodyne statements that a government shutdown would be a bad idea.