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Washington (AFP) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday he would reduce his own salary in the event of a partial government shutdown that was expected to begin within hours.

During a press conference on another subject, Holder said that he was angry about the impact the intractable budget battle would have on the American people.

Lawmakers have until midnight to try to prevent the first U.S. government shutdown in 17 years by agreeing on budget legislation, but a deal appeared remote Monday.

“There are good, hard-working Americans who are going to suffer because of this dysfunction,” he said.

Holder promised that “national security would be protected.”

“But on the civil side, we will not do the job American people expect of us,” he said.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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Georgia GOP senatorial nominee Herschel Walker is doubling down on his denials he paid a girlfriend to have an abortion, emphatically insisting he knows “nothing” about it – after saying, “why in the world would I not be forgiven of something like that?” and insisting it’s “nothing to be ashamed of” – despite wanting to criminalize and ban all abortion.

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