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What will it take to avoid a government shutdown?




US President Barack Obama arrives to speak on the economy at a meeting of his Export Council in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Wahsington, DC, on September 19, 2013. Obama accused his critics September 18, of extorting him over raising the US debt ceiling, as a Republican budget gamble brought the prospect of a government shutdown ever closer.
US President Barack Obama arrives to speak on the economy at a meeting of his Export Council in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Wahsington, DC, on September 19, 2013. Obama accused his critics September 18, of extorting him over raising the US debt ceiling, as a Republican budget gamble brought the prospect of a government shutdown ever closer.
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Only seven days remain until the government runs out of money. Not only are the politics of reaching an agreement quite daunting, the process itself is quite Byzantine. 

Paul Kane of the Washington Post speaks with host Alex Cohen about the delicate timetable of everything that needs to happen, and exactly by when, in order to forestall a shutdown.