Congress Nears Deal To Avoid Government Shutdown, For Now02:39
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The United States Capitol.  (AP)
The United States Capitol. (AP)

Democratic leaders in Congress appear ready to accept a Republican deal that would avoid a government shutdown on Friday. The plan would fund the government for two weeks, while cutting $4 billion from programs both parties seem willing to sacrifice.

But Politco's Johnathan Allen writes that the Democrats caved, losing this round of "chicken," and giving the GOP an advantage when it comes to the longer-term spending bill.  Jonathan Allen joins us.

This segment aired on February 28, 2011.

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