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  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. President Barack Obama is pressuring Boehner to hold votes to avoid a potentially catastrophic default and re-open the federal government, as a new poll indicated Republicans could pay a political price for Washington's fiscal paralysis.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    House GOP Leaders Seek Short-Term Debt Extension

    WASHINGTON  — House Speaker John Boehner planned to ask fractious Republican lawmakers on Thursday to support a six-week extension of the government’s ability to borrow money, even as Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Congress of “irrevocable damage” that an unprecedented […]

  • Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew

    Lew Warns Of ‘Irrevocable Damage’ From Default

    WASHINGTON  — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Congress Thursday of “irrevocable damage” that an unprecedented federal default could cause, even as House Republicans explored a short-term debt limit increase to provide more time to resolve their budget battle with President […]

  • VIDEO: Hollywood Reacts to Partial Government Shutdown

    VIDEO: Hollywood Reacts to Partial Government Shutdown

    Stars including George Clooney, Robert Redford, Julianne Moore and Ellen Page give their views on the partial shutdown of U.S. government. (Oct. 10)

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  • U.S. government furloughed worker Jamie holds a sign for representatives to read, as the government shutdown enters day nine, outside the U.S. Capitol House Chamber in Washington October 9, 2013.    REUTERS/Gary Cameron   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS CIVIL UNREST)

    Obama, Congress Search For Way Out As Pressure Rises In Fiscal Stalemate

    WASHINGTON  – With pressure rising and no clear path forward for breaking their fiscal impasse, President Barack Obama launched a series of White House meetings with lawmakers on Wednesday to search for a way to end a government shutdown and […]

  • Obama Picks Yellen For Top Fed Job, Urges Quick Senate Approval

    Obama Picks Yellen For Top Fed Job, Urges Quick Senate Approval

    WASHINGTON  – President Barack Obama nominated Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday to run the world’s most influential central bank, praising her consensus-building skills and saying more needed to be done to boost U.S. employment.
    Yellen, an advocate for […]

  • Brady Press Room of the White House in Washington. The president said he told House Speaker John Boehner he's willing to negotiate with Republicans on their priorities, but not under the threat of "economic chaos." (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama Plans To Talk To GOP Again On Shutdown, Debt

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is making plans to talk with Republican lawmakers at the White House in the coming days as pressure builds on both sides to resolve their deadlock over the federal debt limit and the partial government […]

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  • U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the continuing government shutdown from the White House Briefing Room in Washington, October 8, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

    Obama To Meet House Democrats On Budget

    WASHINGTON – U.S. President Barack Obama has invited House of Representatives Democrats to meet Wednesday to discuss the budget crisis and a looming debt deadline, the first of a series of talks with lawmakers of both parties, a White House […]

  • Budget Clash Intensifies Amid Hints Of Short Truce

    Budget Clash Intensifies Amid Hints Of Short Truce

    WASHINGTON  — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are increasing the pressure on each other to bend in their deadlock over the federal debt limit and the partial government shutdown. Even as they do, there are hints they […]

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    Obama To Choose Yellen For Top Fed Job, Markets Relieved

    WASHINGTON  – U.S. President Barack Obama will nominate Fed number two Janet Yellen Obama on Wednesday to run the world’s most influential central bank, providing some relief to markets that would expect her to tread carefully in winding down economic stimulus.
    The […]

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  • FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2013, photo Rick Hohensee of Washington holds a "Fire Congress" sign near the House steps on Capitol Hill in Washington. A new poll says Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown. The Associated Press-GfK survey finds plenty of disdain to go around as people size up the federal impasse. Most now disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling his job. And Congress’ approval rating is a perilous 5 percent.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    Poll: GOP Gets The Blame In Shutdown

    WASHINGTON  — Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll. It’s a struggle with no heroes.
    The Associated […]

  • Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen addresses the 29th National Association for Business Economics Policy Conference in Washington March 4, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

    Obama To Name Yellen As Next Fed Chair

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will nominate Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen to be the next head of the U.S. central bank on Wednesday, putting her on course to be the first woman to lead the institution in its […]

  • Obama Says Republicans Must End ‘Threats’ On Fiscal Impasse

    Obama Says Republicans Must End ‘Threats’ On Fiscal Impasse

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama refused to give ground in a fiscal confrontation with Republicans on Tuesday, saying he would negotiate on budget issues only if they agree to re-open the federal government and raise the debt limit with no […]

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  • Senate Dems To Try Passing Debt Ceiling Increase

    Senate Dems To Try Passing Debt Ceiling Increase

    WASHINGTON  — Democrats controlling the Senate are planning to try to pass a stand-alone measure to increase the government’s borrowing cap, challenging Republicans to a filibuster showdown that could unnerve financial markets as the deadline to a first-ever default on […]

  • U.S. Still In Fiscal Deadlock But Looking For A Way Out

    U.S. Still In Fiscal Deadlock But Looking For A Way Out

    WASHINGTON – There were signs of stepped up efforts on Monday to find an exit strategy from the current U.S. fiscal crisis both in Congress and at the White House, with President Barack Obama saying he would accept a short-term […]

  • Gov’t Shutdown Enters 2nd Week, No End In Sight

    Gov’t Shutdown Enters 2nd Week, No End In Sight

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown entered its second week with no end in sight and ominous signs that the United States was closer to the first default in the nation’s history as Speaker John Boehner ruled out any measure […]

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  • Boehner To Obama: No Debt Hike Without Concessions

    Boehner To Obama: No Debt Hike Without Concessions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States moved closer to the possibility of the first-ever default on the government’s debt Sunday as Speaker John Boehner adamantly ruled out a House vote on a straightforward bill to boost the borrowing authority without […]

  • U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) addresses reporters during a news conference with fellow House Republicans at the U.S. Capitol in Washington October 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    Washington Heads Into Fifth Day Of Shutdown, No End In Sight

    WASHINGTON – Washington headed into the fifth day of a partial government shutdown with no end in sight even as another, more serious conflict over raising the nation’s borrowing authority started heating up.
    The U.S. House of Representatives prepared for a Saturday session […]

  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks to a Republican strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Boehner is struggling between Democrats that control the Senate and GOP conservatives in his caucus who insist any funding legislation must also kill or delay the nation's new health care law. Added pressure came from President Barack Obama who pointedly blamed Boehner on Thursday for keeping federal agencies closed. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Prospect For Quick End To Shutdown Is Remote

    WASHINGTON — Prospects for a swift end to the 4-day-old partial government shutdown all but vanished Friday as lawmakers squabbled into the weekend and increasingly shifted their focus to a midmonth deadline for averting a threatened first-ever default.
    “This isn’t some […]

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  • U.S. Shutdown Seen Dragging On As Debt Ceiling Fight Nears

    U.S. Shutdown Seen Dragging On As Debt Ceiling Fight Nears

    The shutdown of the U.S. government appeared likely to drag on for another week and possibly longer as lawmakers consumed day three of the shutdown with a stalling game and there was no end in sight until the next crisis […]

  • Ipolito Nurez celebrates outside City Hall after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill AB 60, which allows immigrants in the country illegally to obtain driver licenses. Immigrant advocates have long lobbied for the change in the nation's most populous state so immigrants can drive without fearing being pulled over for a ticket, which could wind up getting them deported. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    California Gives Immigrants Driver’s Licenses

    LOS ANGELES  — California on Thursday joined the growing list of states that allow immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to obtain driver’s licenses – a measure supported not only by Latino activists but by police chiefs and insurance […]

  • Obama Says “Send Me The Vote,” Blames Republicans For Shutdown

    Obama Says “Send Me The Vote,” Blames Republicans For Shutdown

    Oct. 3 – President Obama is calling for a straight up-or-down vote to reopen the government, blames House Republican leaders for caving to their conservative Tea Party members. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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  • Government Shutdown Drags On As Obama And GOP Are In A Stalemate

    Government Shutdown Drags On As Obama And GOP Are In A Stalemate

    Oct. 2 – President Obama met with Congressional leaders Wednesday to try to break a deadlock that has shut down wide swaths of the federal government, but there was no breakthrough. Deborah Lutterbeck reports

  • House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters following a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    White House Meeting Yields No Progress On Shutdown

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama brought congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday for the first time since a partial government shutdown began, but there was no sign of progress toward ending an impasse that has idled 800,000 federal […]

  • Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid

    President Obama, Congressional Leaders Still Deadlocked On Shutdown

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama met with Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress on Wednesday to try to break a deadlock that has shut down wide swaths of the federal government, but there was no breakthrough.
    After more than an hour […]

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  • Vicki Maturo, of Culver City, Calif., protests against the government shutdown outside the federal building in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. President Barack Obama summoned congressional leaders to the White House on the second day of a partial government shutdown that has furloughed hundreds of thousands of workers and closed military cemeteries as far away as France. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    President Obama, Lawmakers Meet On Shutdown’s 2nd Day

    WASHINGTON  — President Barack Obama conferred with congressional leaders at the White House on Wednesday for the first time since a partial government shutdown  Lawmakers  began, but there were no signs of progress toward ending an impasse that has idled hundreds […]

  • President Obama To Cut Short Asia Trip As Shutdown Continues

    President Obama To Cut Short Asia Trip As Shutdown Continues

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Wednesday scaled down a long-planned trip to Asia, as a U.S. government shutdown entered a second day with no end in sight to the funding row in Congress that triggered it.
    Obama is expected to […]

  • White House Rejects Latest Republican Offer To End Shutdown

    White House Rejects Latest Republican Offer To End Shutdown

    WASHINGTON – The White House rejected a Republican plan to reopen portions of the U.S. government on Tuesday as the first shutdown in 17 years closed landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and threw hundreds of thousands of federal employees […]

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  • President Obama Hails ‘Historic’ Launch Of Health Exchanges

    President Obama Hails ‘Historic’ Launch Of Health Exchanges

    WASHINGTON  — Hailing it as an “historic day,” President Barack Obama pressed forward his flagship health care program Tuesday, inaugurating new insurance exchanges to expand access for those without coverage despite the shutdown taking hold across much of the government.
    Obama […]

  • ‘Obamacare’ Exchanges Start Up As Government Shuts Down

    ‘Obamacare’ Exchanges Start Up As Government Shuts Down

    WASHINGTON  — For three years, the Obama administration has been preparing for this moment: the launch of new insurance exchanges, intended to expand health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. But this is far from the grand opening that President […]

  • U.S. GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN

    U.S. GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN

    WASHINGTON  – The U.S. government began a partial shutdown on Tuesday for the first time in 17 years, potentially putting up to 1 million workers on unpaid leave, closing national parks and stalling medical research projects.

    Federal agencies were directed to cut […]

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  • Shutdown Orders Issued As Congress Misses Deadline

    Shutdown Orders Issued As Congress Misses Deadline

    WASHINGTON — For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation’s health care law as the price for essential federal funding […]

  • Senate Latest Vote Leaves Congress At Square 1

    Senate Latest Vote Leaves Congress At Square 1

    WASHINGTON — The House and Senate played ping-pong with funding for the federal government Monday night, hours before cash for much of Uncle Sam’s operations was due to run out.
    The GOP-led House passed its third measure that would keep government […]

  • Speaker of the House John Boehner, R- Ohio, pauses during a news conference after a House Republican Conference meeting about the ongoing budget fight on Capitol Hill on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 in Washington.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    Countdown: GOP Unity Frays As Shutdown Grows Near

    WASHINGTON– A threatened government shutdown imminent, House Republicans scaled back their demands to delay the nation’s health care law Monday night as the price for essential federal funding, but President Barack Obama and Democrats rejected the proposals as quickly as […]

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    Senate Rejects House Conditions On Spending Bill

    WASHINGTON– The Democratic-led Senate has rejected conditions that House Republicans attached to a temporary spending bill.
    On the brink of a government shutdown, the Senate voted 54-46 on Monday to strip a one-year delay in President Barack Obama’s health care law […]

  • An empty hallway in the U.S. Capitol Sunday morning, Sept. 29, 2013, as a government shutdown looms, in Washington. The political and economic stakes mounting with each tick of the clock, the White House and congressional Democrats say a House-approved delay in President Barack Obama's health care law does nothing but push Washington to the brink of the first government shutdown in 17 years. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Who’ll Blink? Dems, GOP In Shutdown Stare Down

    WASHINGTON  — With the government teetering on the brink of partial shutdown, congressional Republicans vowed Sunday to keep using an otherwise routine federal funding bill to try to attack the president’s health care law.
    Congress was closed for the day after […]

  • The U.S. House of Representatives remains fully lit during a rare late-night Saturday session at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, September 28, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    House Republicans Defy Obama On Funding Bill; Government Shutdown Nears

    WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives early on Sunday brought the federal government closer to a shutdown as it voted to delay President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law for a year as part of an emergency spending bill.
    By a mostly […]

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  • The U.S. House of Representatives remains fully lit during a rare late-night Saturday session at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, September 28, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    U.S. House Moves Federal Government Closer To Shutdown

    WASHINGTON – In a decision that could make a U.S. government shutdown hard to avoid on Tuesday, the House of Representatives on Saturday prepared to reject an emergency spending bill approved by the Senate and push instead to delay President […]

  • U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) talks to reporters as he arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, September 28, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    U.S. House Republicans Reject Senate Bid To Avoid Government Shutdown

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. government edged closer on Saturday to a shutdown as Republicans in the House of Representatives rejected an emergency spending bill approved by the Senate and pushed instead for a one-year delay of President Barack Obama’s healthcare […]

  • President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Md. The president is promoting the benefits of his health care law before new insurance exchanges open for business next week. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama’s No-Negotiation Stance Setting New Tone

     
    WASHINGTON  — This time, President Barack Obama says, he’s not budging. This is the confrontational Obama, the “Make my day” president, betting Republicans blink to avoid a government shutdown or a first-ever default of the nation’s debts.
    It’s a proposition not […]

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