The government is just hours away from grinding to a halt and there’s still no budget deal in sight. What’s happening in Washington right now? Are democrats and republicans hunkering down and hammering out a deal or are both sides pulling back and hoping the other gets blamed when the government has to shut it’s doors and turn out the lights? And how did we get this close to a shutdown when everyone insists it’s something they don’t want? We’ll take the pulse of Washington to get a sense of how close we are to a deal or shutdown and find out just what the real sticking points are.
Ron Elving, Supervising Senior Washington Editor for NPR News also writes the Watching Washington column for NPR.org