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White House aides tell you they think you'll lose the political battle over a shutdown, and that they're willing to move, but not by much. $34 billion is all they can do.

"The American people are not going to be happy with this deal," Cantor tells them.

Do you:

  • Tell them they're wrong, you never cared much for the executive branch anyway, and you're willing to keep it closed for as long as it takes (Go to Page 9)
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