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Harry Reid, John Boehner square off over government shutdown

“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner have locked themselves into a trillion-dollar game of chicken as lawmakers gear up for the final days of a budget showdown,” writes Karoun Demirjian of the Las Vegas Sun today. “The stakes aren’t as much whether the government will shut down — as who is going to take the blame if it happens.”

The story includes this little bit of Muth’s Truths:

But fear of a shutdown might not be what it was 15 years ago.

“The nation has finally come to grips with the fact that government spending is out of control,” Republican activist Chuck Muth of Nevada said. “If Republicans get their messaging right, I’m not sure a government shutdown will be a negative.”

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