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If the government shuts down -- and stays shut down through the weekend -- President Obama will have a tough decision to make.
To go to Asia or not.
Obama is scheduled to leave Saturday on a week-long trip to Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines, a journey that includes a pair of economic summits with Asian nations.
The White House says the trip is still on, and Obama is eager to go. The administration wants to wrap up the details of a free trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
But if Congress and the White House are unable to agree on a new spending plan by midnight Monday, major parts of the government could shut down.
If the impasse isn't resolved by Saturday, Obama's scheduled departure date, it could be tough politically for him to leave Washington.
David Jackson, USA TODAY