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  1. In Defense of the ‘Dumbest Shutdown’The spending deal that Rand Paul held up for a few hours was pretty dumb, too.
  2. What Needs to Happen in Congress Today to Avoid Another Government ShutdownThere will be loud dissents today, especially from House conservatives and Democrats — but it looks like the spending deal may get ratified.
  3. Surprise! Congress May Sneak Debt-Limit Increase Into Its Stopgap Spending BillIt could take care of a big legislative headache — or blow up the delicate negotiations.
  4. Congress Is Sleepwalking Toward Its Next CrisisMaybe one more stopgap spending bill can be enacted, but then that’s it.
  5. Uh-oh: Here Comes the Debt Limit AgainIt’s now likely debt-limit negotiations will get tangled up in the spending talks that have dragged on for months, making a debt default possible.
  6. December Disaster Looms As Spending, Debt, and Tax Controversies Pile UpThe legislative train wreck temporarily avoided when Donald Trump cut a deal with Democrats in September is back for real.
  7. Right-to-Lifers Look for a New Hostage for Their DemandsThe anti-abortion lobby is rejecting suggestions to wait until next year to defund Planned Parenthood. They want to put it in the tax bill right now.
  8. McConnell Says Next Debt Limit Vote Won’t Happen Until Next YearMcConnell was blindsided by Trump’s fiscal deal with Democrats. But now it seems a debt limit increase can be delayed, reducing Democratic leverage.
  9. Disaster-Funding Package Could Make Debt Default Fears Go Away for a Long TimeThe popular idea of packaging must-pass fiscal legislation with disaster relief has a new wrinkle: increasing the debt limit until after the midterms.
  10. If Trump Keeps Threatening Government Shutdown, Democrats Will Have Some OptionsNow that the president has put a government shutdown squarely on the table, Democrats must decide if they want a deal, or just a Trump defeat.
  11. The Trump-McConnell Feud Becoming a ‘Cold War’At the worst possible time, relations between the president and the leader of his party in the Senate have become frosty, distant, and even combative.
  12. McConnell: There’s ‘Zero Chance’ That Congress Fails to Raise Debt LimitStill, House conservatives are threatening to let America default on its debt, unless Democrats agree to massive spending cuts.
  13. Can Paul Ryan Raise the Debt Limit Without Losing His Job?House conservatives are (essentially) asking Paul Ryan to either drive America into default, or surrender his Speaker’s gavel.
  14. Why Nuking the Filibuster Could Be Part of a Debt-Limit DealWith conservatives now threatening to take must-pass legislation hostage, they could get together with Trump and permanently end Democratic leverage.
  15. The Government Could Be Headed for a Showdown and a Shutdown Over Trump’s WallCongressional Democrats and Republicans can probably avoid a government shutdown or a debt default. But Trump’s border wall could be a deal-breaker.
  16. After Trumpcare, Republicans Will Have to Tackle an Even Bigger MessYes, the health-care debacle has stalled budget and tax bills, but Republicans are nowhere close to agreement on the broad outlines of a fiscal plan.
  17. Democrats Toy With Some Debt Limit Hostage-Taking of Their OwnAfter years of supporting unconditional increases, they are now considering making the GOP abandon a budget-busting tax cut.
  18. A Debt-Limit Crisis Could Arrive Sooner Rather Than LaterHard-line conservatives in Congress who are angry about deficits may find a way to take a debt-limit increase hostage.