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For the third time this year, lawmakers are dragging the nation perilously close to a "fiscal cliff." Congress must pass a budget by Oct.1 or risk a government shutdown. But political infighting and threats to strip money from the federal health care law known as "Obamacare" has both sides deadlocked. Kojo finds out what makes this budget battle more dangerous than previous ones, what the fallout could be for the public, and why policy has taken a backseat to politics on Capitol Hill.
In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."