Speaker Boehner tried to pass a bill opening the government and raising the government with some sweeteners attached for the Tea Party but could not get the votes. To give him time to try, Mitch McConnell backed off his negotiations with Harry Reid in the Senate. As of last night McConnell and Reid were back at work. Best guess is their bill passes a more or less clean extension of the government through Jan 15 and an extension of the nation’s debt ceiling until Feb 7, and that Boehner allows it pass in the House with a bipartisan majority. Best account of yesterday’s events is here.


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