Apocalypse on Capitol Hill: Lawmakers who love to vote no.

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On Capitol Hill, they are the apocalypse caucus. Twenty lawmakers, from both parties, who calculate that the best way to fix government is to act as if you wouldn't mind if it burned down.

In April, the House needed to pass two budgets to prevent a government shutdown. They voted no and no. In August, the House needed to pass a debt-ceiling agreement to prevent a national default. No again.

Then, this fall, the House voted three times on bills to keep the government going until Nov. 18. No. No. No.

The group now includes 12 Republicans and eight Democrats. Their votes say something about what it means to be a legislator in a Congress that governs by cliffhanger -- both sides reaching agreement only when a catastrophe looms...

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