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The White House weighs its position, consulting with Democrats in the Senate. A couple Democratic senators agree with you, but the leadership says, "We'll take our chances. Boehner doesn't know what he's doing." The White House agrees.88.png

Friday comes. MSNBC and CNN flip out. Rachel Maddow calls you a callous tyrant, and James Carville's head nearly explodes.

Fox has your back.

The federal government "shuts down," except for essential services, meaning veterans' benefits are held up, national museums and parks close, visa and passport services grind to a halt, some medical services cease, and hundreds of thousands of federal employees are sent home.

Do you:

  • Go back to the negotiating table, seeking a better compromise (Go to Page 4)
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