An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Thu Sep 17, 2015 01:54 PM CDT

My wife and I leave Oregon today for the two-week drive back to our winter quarters in Washington, D.C. Will there be a functioning government there when we arrive?

Maybe not. Yes, another government shutdown looms. This time it's over sales of fetal tissue; some conservative legislators are vowing not to vote for any spending bill that includes funding for Planned Parenthood.

The previous shutdown, in 2013, was over ObamaCare. And over the years, there have been others for a variety of other reasons.

Republican leaders don't want another one. They're fearful voters will hold it against the GOP in ...

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