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There’s a deal to avert a government shutdown — but is Trump on board?

Josh Dawsey on whether we’re heading for another shutdown. Juliet Eilperin on how late-term abortions have become political. And a Post reader on what John Dingell’s death meant to him.
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Shutdown, Round 2?
If lawmakers can’t come to an agreement, the federal government is headed toward a second shutdown. Late Monday night, congressional leaders said they had reached a “deal in principle” to avoid that fate — but the question remains: Will President Trump sign a bill that doesn’t include $5 billion for his border wall? The president said Tuesday he’s “not happy” with what Congress has proposed.

Josh Dawsey covers the White House for The Post. He helped us untangle what’s going on in Washington.

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Why are we hearing so much about late-term abortions?
At a rally Monday night in El Paso, President Trump blamed the Democratic Party for “allowing children to be ripped from their mother's womb right up until the moment of birth.” Trump is referring to a number of abortion-related bills that are seeking to extend women’s ability to elect out of a pregnancy in the third trimester. Late-term abortions are rare, less than 2 percent of all abortions, and have become highly controversial.

Senior national political reporter Juliet Eilperin says that people on both sides of the abortion issue continue to seek to take advantage of the changing legal landscape.

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A remembrance of John Dingell from Michigan’s 15th District
Michigan Democrat John Dingell, the longest-serving congressman in U.S. history, died last week. He was 92 years old.
Post reader Mac Brantley grew up in Monroe, Mich., — in Dingell’s district.

“[For] everybody in our family and all the folks in our neighborhood, John Dingell was a hero to us because he fought for working people and to improve our lives. So John Dingell has always been a hero of mine,” Brantley said.

He met the congressman only twice. But last week, when The Post published Dingell’s obituary, Brantley left a striking comment that seemed to capture what the congressman meant to the people of Michigan’s 15th Congressional District.

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