That's Cutting It Pretty Close

A last-minute budget fight spins the federal wheels

Yes, Virginia, there is still a Government of the U.S. Or at least it looks as if there will be this week. Congress and the President played a political game of chicken through the end of last week over a "continuing resolution" that would renew the Government's legal right to spend money. But chances were that they would agree on a measure enabling the Government to pay its employees, sign contracts, send out benefit checks and perform all of its other functions—at least for the next four months.

Technically, that authority lapsed at midnight last...

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