Confused by what’s happening in Washington? Here’s a primer. Staff
Posted: Oct 15, 2013 9:42 AM
We think we're close to the end of the showdown that has paralyzed Washington and threatened economic disaster for two weeks. Democrats and Republicans in the Senate appear to be on the cusp of a deal to reopen the government and to avoid breaching a Thursday deadline to raise the federal debt ceiling. (The debt ceiling is scary and gets its own primer here.)

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