Can he or can’t he raise the debt ceiling citing the 14th Amendment? While only President Obama’s advisers know for sure, there are a lot of opinions in government, the media, and the academic world about this very interesting topic.
While the Supreme Court will operate as usual, for now, during the partial federal government shutdown, the rest of the federal court system will face a cash crunch in less than two weeks.
Some very popular government websites, including the ultra-cute Giant Panda Cam, will go offline on Tuesday if Congress can’t cut a budget deal. Also going AWOL: NASA TV and the brand-new online annotated Constitution.
The National Constitution Center, a private, non-profit institution located on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, will remain open, should the federal government go into partial shutdown.
It now seems all but certain that part of the federal government will shut down starting on Tuesday, as Democrats and Republicans can’t reach a deal on short-term funding in Washington. So what will remain open and closed, and how long will the partial shutdown last?