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October 21, 2013  

The Crisis in Washington, As Seen From the Outside In


The temporarily averted crisis over the debt ceiling, government shutdown and Obamacare still has Washington mired in the partisan politics of blame. But with a budget deadline looming, the battle lines once again will be drawn around deep cuts in the federal budget.

Josh Bivens, research and policy director of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., says the biggest fiscal policy crisis confronting the Obama administration has gone unaddressed for five years.

Bill McInturff, cofounder of Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public-affairs research firm and “the leading Republican polling company,” according to The New York Times, interprets the short- and long-term impact of the Washington fiasco via opinion polls and surveys.

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