Government shutdown: Get up to speed in 20 questions


During remarks from the Brady Press Briefing Room Monday afternoon, President Obama warned Americans against the negative effects of a government shutdown and chastised Republicans in Congress for failing to pass a 

A prolonged government shutdown — followed by a potential default on the federal debt — would have economic ripple effects far beyond Washington, upending financial markets, sending the unemployment rate higher and slowing already tepid growth, 

ABC is reporting that it is now almost certain Congress and the White House will not reach an agreement to avoid a government shutdown.

ABC is reporting that it is now almost certain Congress and the White House will not reach an agreement to avoid a government shutdown.

(CNN) — Let's start with the obvious question: Will the government shut down this week? Most likely. Republicans and Democrats can agree on that. It's everything else that has them bickering and blaming. And unless they strike a deal on a spending