By Niall Stanage - 12/19/11 10:15 AM EST
DOWN TO THE WIRE, AGAIN AND AGAIN
At times this year, it seemed like Congress was unable or unwilling to move until an hour of genuine crisis arrived. On at least two occasions — in April and this month — a federal government shutdown loomed before the two parties came together. The debt-ceiling debacle and subsequent credit downgrade speak for themselves.
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