The Nonessential Supreme Court and the Threat of Default
If any institution is non-essential by design, it is the Supreme Court. But today it will decide a case that could lead to more shutdowns.
The current default threat flowed from Citizens United, which led to SpeechNOW, which led to SuperPACS threatening moderate republicans and directly supporting Cruz. If the Court today decides to get rid of campaign contribution limits (which it could do in multiple ways), the relationship between Cruz and Thiel or Koch and Boehner, can be even more explicitly clientilistic.