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Will There Be a Government Shutdown?


For the second time in two years, another controversy has forced Americans to ask, "Will there be a government shutdown?"

Oct. 1 marks the first day of fiscal year 2016 - the deadline for funding. But debate over financing nonprofit reproductive healthcare provider Planned Parenthood threatens to halt the nation if no measure is passed to keep the government funded beyond Sept. 30.

And in fact, House Republicans have just voted on Sept. 18 to block all federal financing for Planned Parenthood - the first step toward a government shutdown this month.

Here's the story behind the Planned Parenthood controversy, the likelihood of a government shutdown, and a timeline...

These 2016 Presidential Candidates Are Already Raking in Celebrity Donations


The race is on for 2016 presidential candidates. A wide field of 22 hopefuls -- 17 Republicans and five Democrats (Vice President Joe Biden is anticipated to make six) -- are busy vying for campaign donations.

Many traditional big-time celebrity political donors have not yet made a contribution in 2015. For instance, nothing from actor Morgan Freeman so far. Freeman was the third-largest celebrity contributor in the 2012 election cycle, with more than $1 million given to Hillary Clinton's Priorities USA Action super PAC. And actor husband-and-wife team Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, the seventh-largest celebrity donors that cycle ($173,231 to Democrats) are also yet to contribute.

But a few others have already picked their candidate favorites in the 2016 presidential race.

Here are ten of the biggest celebrities that have already donated in 2015...