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Clock ticking down towards potential shutdown

Aaron Blake and Elise Viebeck join MSNBC’s Alex Witt for Saturday’s First Check of Politics. The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake “tends to be a little bit wary” about the government shutdown. The Hill’s Elise Viebeck says that the public actually wants the White House and Congress to work together to fix flaws that interest groups have pointed out. If Republicans thought they would be doing the politically most advantageous thing, Blake says, they would not be risking a government shutdown. Viebeck mentions that Senator Ted Cruz has become the leader of the "Defund Obamacare" movement and that his extreme opposition reflects the divisiveness in the Republican Party.

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