Although this could change, right now it looks like the federal government is about to shut down (for the first time in 15 years). Here’s an open thread for discussion.

Speaking of shutting down, we’re done for the day. To learn about how the courts and the Department of Justice will (or won’t) be affected by the shutdown, check out the excellent links collected below.

UPDATE: A compromise deal has been reached, averting a shutdown. Yay!

Justice Would Be Largely Unaffected by Shutdown [Main Justice]
Supreme Court Will Stay Open Through Shutdown — At Least for a Week [The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times]
Judiciary Could Limp Through Shutdown — for a While [The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times]
If the Government Shuts Down, Will the Federal Courts Follow? [WSJ Law Blog]
Federal Shutdown Looms as Budget Impasse Continues, But No Immediate Impact on Courts Is Expected [ABA Journal]

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