Government shutdown looms over divided Congress

Copies of the proposed Republican tax package are carried by House Ways and Means Committee staffer Thomas Kutz. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

"An early December government shutdown is a real possibility, since a divided Congress can't agree on military spending, Democrats insist on help for young immigrants and President Donald Trump's position can change with each lawmaker he talks to," AP's Andy Taylor writes:

"Most of Washington is focused on overhauling the nation's tax code, but lawmakers face a combustible mix of must-do and could-do items, with the current government spending bill set to expire Dec. 8."