Shutdowns & debt ceilings: The financial deadlines facing the US Congress

The US Senate is set to vote on a stopgap measure later this Thursday to keep the government funded and avoid a shutdown. But why do these budget clashes happen so often, and what has the debt ceiling got to do with it? We look at the context for the looming deadlines ahead of the Senate vote. Also today, inflation has risen sharply in Iran in recent months, pushing more people there into poverty.

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