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Political Chat: The Government Is Still Alive

OPB | Oct. 18, 2013 1:12 p.m. | Updated: May 2, 2014 7:17 a.m. | Portland

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 At some point today, take a moment to look around, breathe the autumn air, bask in the sun and glorious fall colors.  Relax in the knowledge the United States will not default on its debt obligations, at least not now.

We’re going to parse the votes on the funding package that kicks the debt can down the road a few weeks.

In other political news, Sen. Jeff Merkley has a Republican challenger next year.

And a couple of interesting stories moved through Oregon on medical marijuana and gay marriage.

Our political guys are here to make sense of a wild political week.  Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst. Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for The Oregonian. To hear the conversation, click the audio file above.

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