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Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 02/16/2011

Fast Fix: Another Government Shutdown? (VIDEO)

By Chris Cillizza

The arrival of President Obama's budget on Capitol Hill this week has stoked talk of a government shutdown if Democrats and Republicans can't agree on a funding plan moving forward.

The deadline is March 4; that's when the last continuing resolution signed by Congress to keep government operations funded runs out.

The last time the federal government shut down was in 1995 when President Bill Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich played a game of political chicken over the budget. Clinton ultimately carried the day politically and used the momentum he gained from that victory to score a crushing reelection win in 1996.

So, how likely is another government shutdown this spring? And what are the possible political consequences?

We answer those questions -- and more! -- in today's episode of "Fast Fix". And, don't forget to check out all of our "Fast Fix" daily videos here. And, if you have a topic you want to see us break down in "Fast Fix" just email with it.

By Chris Cillizza  | February 16, 2011; 12:12 PM ET
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