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The US government is in its final hours of negotiations to starve off a government shutdown at midnight. This isn’t the first time that budget negotiations have become so heated that the government had to actually shutdown before an agreement could be made. In 1995 and 1996 under President Clinton the government shutdown for about a month total as republicans and democrats battled over the budget. Everything from furloughing 800,000 federal employees to canceling Saturday’s cherry blossom parade in DC is in store for the nation if the government shuts down tonight. Read more here.
Last month the head of India’s main corruption watchdog group resigned under allegations of corruption. This is only the tip of the iceberg for a country that has been fraught with corruption in recent years. Activist Anna Hazare is revolting and going on his fourth day of fasting as he waits for the government to sign anti-corruption legislation. Some 2,000 people at the Jantar Mantar Observatory, and thousands more across the country, have joined in his protests. Read about it here