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Politics

Prospects slim to avert government shutdown

Sharp division on tying bill to a health law halt

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans did little but blame each other Sunday as they dug in for an increasingly likely government shutdown set to begin at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

“We know what’s going to happen,” Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, the number-two Democrat in the Senate, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “This is a terrible, destructive strategy” by Republicans, he said. “Totally unnecessary.”

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