As shutdown drags on, time to call in mediator?

Associated Press
As shutdown drags on, time to call in mediator?

FILE - In this March 11, 2011 file photo, Scot Beckenbaugh, deputy director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service listens during a news conference in Washington. Maybe it’s time to call in a mediator, if they’re not on furlough. President Barack Obama and House Republicans in Congress seem no closer to ending a partial government shutdown now in its second week. And a looming crisis over the federal debt is rapidly approaching, with economists saying that could have a devastating effect on the U.S. economy. Beckenbaugh helped resolve a labor dispute between the National Hockey League and its players last year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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