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Changing times: Remember when Democrats opposed shutting down the government?

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With one month to go until lawmakers must either approve another government spending measure or shut down the federal bureaucracy, Democrats seem open to the idea they not too long ago railed against. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

You're probably old enough to remember when Democrats were absolutely appalled by the idea of shutting down the federal government.

That's probably because it was just three months ago that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said during a speech on the U.S. Senate floor that shutting down the government would "hurt millions of Americans," adding that it would be "not doing right" by the people.

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