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Much theater, little action as Congress ponders government shutdown

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WASHINGTON — With the federal government heading toward a possible shutdown Oct. 1, one might expect Congress to be racing the clock to avert that outcome.

Not exactly. Congress tends to resolve tough problems only at the final hour.

The latest round of brinkmanship, led by tea party Republicans trying to block President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, appears to be following that track. By Monday afternoon, the tea party effort appeared to be losing ground among Senate Republicans, but…

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