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Jonathan Bernstein

Abortion Politics Could Shut Down Government

A fight over Planned Parenthood could end disastrously.
Fall darkness.

Fall darkness.

Photographer: Bill Ingalls/NASA/Getty Images

Yes, there's a pretty good chance we're going to see a government shutdown this fall.

I agree with budget maven Stan Collender of Forbes that the introduction of abortion politics makes a big difference. It isn't just that the issue is volatile, or that it doesn't lend itself to the compromises the way fights over budget numbers do.