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Can Another Government Shutdown Be Avoided?

After every election, the temptation for the winners to read too much ideological meaning onto the results is strong. This is one of the reasons why elections in the U.S. are so maddeningly, for some, cyclical. The fact that a substantial number of Republicans are considering the possibility of a shutdown, regardless of whether or not they try to blame the President for that, is a reminder for the Democrats that while the bad news from a few weeks ago was that Republicans had a big win, the good news might just be that the Republicans now have two whole years to overplay their hand, shutdown the government or otherwise misunderstand the scope of their mandate from the voters.

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