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US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (L), R-GA, shakes hands with US President Bill Clinton (R), as First Lady Hillary Clinton (2nd-R) and US Representative Barbara Kennelly (C), D-CT, watches before the President signed the Balanced Budget Agreement on the South Lawn of the White House 05 August in Washington.
The big news of the day is really no news. There have been no real movement on efforts to resolve the government shut down.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid traded insults with House Speaker John Boehner, but no negotiations are scheduled and much of the government remains idled. With nothing happening in the present, we thought it might be smart to revisit the past, and the other big impasse that shut down the government in the winter of 1995 and 96.