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Brink of a shutdown: How did it get to this point?

Those Americans who disdain government in the abstract are about to have their contempt put to the test.


Where the cuts would have come: agency-by-agency furlough counts

Estimates show large numbers of employees would not have been permitted to work if government had shut down.

Would you have been furloughed?

Federal employees sent updates Friday on their status and that of other employees in their agencies.

Cantor says short-term funding bill likely needed after any deal

House majority leader says 'bridge' is a possibility to keep government from shutting down.

Muted abortion response speaks volumes about budget talks

The GOP reaction suggested a shrugging acceptance of one more round of talking points before the final brokering.

Nuclear agency expected to stay open during any government shutdown

Contractors and federal employees would continue to work, Energy Department says.

Shutdown could spell trouble for contractors

Contracts not related to exempt activities or funded through annual appropriations could be halted.

Done deal: Congress, White House keep government open

Negotiators reach last-minute agreement on funding deal for rest of fiscal 2011.

Under OMB order, agencies stayed open despite late House vote

Memo was designed to make sure agencies didn't begin shutting down at midnight.

Reid expects shutdown, constituents say; White House announces new meeting

Reid, Boehner to meet with Obama at 1 p.m. for second meeting in 18 hours.