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  1. defense spending
    Eventually, Progressive Democrats Will Need to Get ‘Soft’ on DefenseAmerica can have a Western European–style welfare state or a giant and ever-growing military budget — but it can’t have both.
  2. government shutdown
    Congressional Republicans Ignoring Trump Government Shutdown ThreatsTrump is again threatening to shut down the federal government over border wall funding. His congressional allies are strangely sure he’s bluffing.
  3. Even a Healthy McCain Couldn’t Broker a Good Immigration Deal in the Trump EraMcCain’s vision of comprehensive immigration reform is missed in Washington, but wouldn’t prevail in this Congress.
  4. The Pentagon’s ‘Logistics Agency’ Lost Track of More Than $800 MillionMeanwhile, conservatives say that military funding must be increased immediately to avert disaster — and wasteful government programs must be cut.
  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. Defense-Spending Battle Could Trigger Government ShutdownWhile all eyes are on the fight over immigration policy, spending disputes, particularly over defense, could shut down the government, too.
  7. Delirious December Gives Way to Jittery January As Congress Passes Spending BillCongress has kicked multiple cans down the road to January, but they won’t be able to stall any longer.
  8. The GOP Probably Isn’t Going to Shut Down the Government to Save ObamacareThe promises Collins secured from McConnell only go so far.
  9. House GOP May Skip Town and Cause a Pre-Christmas Government ShutdownPaul Ryan and the House GOP are jumping off a cliff and hoping the Senate follows. If they don’t, the government will shut down.
  10. Congress Nearing Deal to Stave Off Shutdown Showdown Until JanuaryAnything could still happen, but it looks like the government will stay open through Christmas, with a real battle on tap for January.
  11. Just 13 Shopping Days Before a Possible Meltdown in D.C.!The GOP has passed a tax bill in both chambers and pushed a government-shutdown crisis back two weeks. But the week before Xmas could be treacherous.
  12. Teacher! Teacher! Don and Chuck and Nancy Are Fighting Again!Dangerously near the date when a stopgap spending agreement expires, Trump and congressional Democratic leaders are feuding and shifting blame.
  13. Senate GOP Survives the First of Many Votes on the Road to Cutting TaxesThe hazier they keep their budget and tax plans, the farther down the road Republicans can maintain unity. But “enquiring minds” want to know more.
  14. 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.
  15. Trump Mulls Cutting Billions From Public Housing to Fund Larger MilitaryThe proposed budget would slash all funding for community development and drastically reduce rental assistance to the poor.
  16. America Has Spent Nearly $5 Trillion on Wars Since 9/11And we may be less safe now than before we made that investment.
  17. Obama Signs Military Spending Bill With a SighThe president used a signing statement to express reservations.