It's that time of year again. The prospect of another government shutdown looms as soon as this weekend unless Congress can agree to temporarily extend current spending authority.
The chances of that happening are said by some observers to be somewhat less likely now that the president has signaled that he is willing to drop his demand that the measure include funds for the Mexico border wall he has promised. However, negotiations continue on Capitol Hill. Without resolution, hundreds of thousands of federal workers face temporary layoffs.