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Inside the Capitol on Monday, lawmakers were trying to hash out a deal to avert the first government shutdown in 17 years. Analysts say the longer a shutdown lasts, the harder it will hit the national economy. Even worse would be a default on national debts, a risk that looms later this month with a bitterly divided Congress. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
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Inside the Capitol on Monday, lawmakers were trying to hash out a deal to avert the first government shutdown in 17 years. Analysts say the longer a shutdown lasts, the harder it will hit the national economy. Even worse would be a default on national debts, a risk that looms later this month with a bitterly divided Congress. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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