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At last, can they do their jobs?

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I realize I watch Congress from the far reaches of the hinterland and it is likely I am a typical ignorant rube, but what was that all about? The crisis, the shutdown, the edging toward default, the toying with the prospect of not paying debts or obligations, the late-night Washington-behind-closed-doors drama, the gasping TV hosts — what did all that accomplish?

Apparently the great design of this political universe, the push of the invisible hand, the work of the great political clockmaker, the cooks of this swirling pot of turmoil, were leading to one moment — Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray met for breakfast.

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