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US Senate Fails to Stave off Possible Government Shutdown

The U.S. Congress lurched closer to a government shutdown Tuesday as the Senate failed to advance a short-term spending bill. Democrats blocked a bill that would extend federal spending authority into December. Unless Congress acts, that authority expires at midnight Friday, the end of the current fiscal year, and non-essential government services would be suspended, less than six weeks before the November elections. Republicans and Democrats blamed each other for the turn of events,...

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