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Government shutdown: How to avoid the fire next time
As The Times' editorial board noted Thursday, the Senate deal that reopened the government and raised the debt ceiling didn't resolve the dispute between Republicans and Democrats over fiscal policy, the 2010 healthcare law or other major issues. It simply bought time for the two sides to negotiate. Funding for the government runs out on Jan. 15, and the debt limit comes back into play on Feb. 7.
By Jon Healey
October 17, 2013