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Battle Lines Drawn over Possible US Government Shutdown

Pope Francis' visit to Washington this week will consume the city's attention and interrupt normal congressional business for days, as an end-of-month deadline looms to fund the U.S. government and avert a partial shutdown. Lawmakers, though, are busy pointing fingers as time runs short. “Republicans are twiddling their thumbs as we careen closer and closer to a government shutdown,” said Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer. At issue is funding for Planned Parenthood, a...

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