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The ‘Fringe Issue’ That’s About to Shut Down Government

In August 2011, a folksy Midwestern congressman appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. During that appearance, he explained to the program’s hosts that, when it came to the issue of abortion, there was no wiggle room; he would personally do his part to shut down the federal government if the federal government continued to fund Planned Parenthood.

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