On Friday, the financial markets wagered that the adult Republicans in Washington won’t be able to make the kids give up the keys to the car before they crash it.
On almost a strict party-line vote, the U.S. House 230-189 voted to approve a stopgap spending bill that would keep the government open past Sept. 30 but would not provide money to implement the Affordable Care Act. Not so long ago, the markets were betting that such a vote would have been merely symbolic — a way to placate the tea party. Once the ideologues had their turn, however, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., would be back at the wheel.
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