Make a Stand on Abortion, Without a Shutdown

Republicans should try to end Planned Parenthood funding. They may not succeed.

It could get ugly.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman who chairs the Democratic National Committee, sent out a fundraising e-mail about how mad she is that Republicans want to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood. She says they "are just fine with shutting down the government -- again." Cynics may suspect that Wasserman Schultz would in truth be delighted if the government were to shut down over this issue. In any case, the Republican leadership in both houses of Congress isn't "just fine" with a shutdown. It is desperate to avoid one -- maybe too desperate. 

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