Are Democrats threatening to close down the federal government because the Republicans won’t fund the abortion industry? The New York Times suggests they might be:

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, offered a lengthier, scathing criticism of Mr. Boehner and House Republicans, accusing them of wanting to shut down the federal government by insisting on cutting funds for women’s heath services.

For t heir part, the Republican leadership says that the budget impass is about spending in general.