08 Apr '11, 2pm

Good morning. Do we still have a government?

Congressional Democrats and Republicans are still playing policy chicken this morning, waiting to see whether they’ll have to shut down the government over what amounts to petty cash. What are they fighting over, and are we likely to still have a working (for some value of “working”) government tomorrow? Riders that gut the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases remain a sticking point, though not the only one , says The Hill . The riders that tie the EPA’s hands are helping to make it “impossible ” to avoid a shutdown, according to Sen. Chuck Schumer. But there are other objectionable riders as well, including the ones that defund Planned Parenthood because it keeps using abortion money to pay for poor women’s Pap smears. (In what sense is that “abortion money”? Because it’s Planned Parenthood, duh, and they are a priori suspicious. You shouldn’t be allowed to PLAN pa...

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