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3:33am

Tue October 1, 2013
Politics

No End In Sight As Government Shutdown Nears First Full Day

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 12:08 pm

Members of the U.S. Park Service place barricades around the Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. A partial shutdown of the federal government has led to the closing of national parks.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Update at 8:18 p.m. ET. Impasse:

As first day of a federal government shutdown came to a close, Congress was not any closer to a resolution.

Case in point: Republicans in the House proposed three bills that would have reopened national parks, the Department of Veteran's Affairs and kept the D.C. government afloat. But all three bills didn't even make it out of the House.

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3:02am

Tue October 1, 2013
Politics

Obama: 'Perpetual Cycle Of Brinksmanship ... Has To End'

President Obama is interviewed Monday in the Oval Office by Steve Inskeep for NPR's Morning Edition.
Pete Souza The White House
  • Steve Inskeep's Full Interview With President Obama

During a wide-ranging interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, President Obama assumed an indomitable posture as he talked about his negotiations with House Republicans.

He said he will not negotiate with Republicans when it comes to a cornerstone of his health care law, and he will not negotiate when it comes to another congressional battle to raise the debt ceiling in a little more than two weeks.

"This perpetual cycle of brinksmanship and crisis has to end once and for all," Obama said.

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10:22pm

Mon September 30, 2013
Politics

Shutdown Begins After Congress Fails In Spending Compromise

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 8:04 am

Members of the House of Representatives enter the U.S. Capitol on Monday. Congress failed to reach a budget agreement by the midnight deadline triggering a partial shutdown of the government.
Win McNamee Getty Images

House Republicans and Senate Democrats could not reach agreement by the midnight deadline on a spending bill to keep the government operating, triggering an immediate shutdown of nonessential services and the furlough of nonessential personnel potentially affecting hundreds of thousands of federal workers.

Updated at 1:40 a.m. ET, House Speaker Boehner's Comments:

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1:04pm

Mon September 30, 2013
Politics

Who's Likely To Lose The Shutdown 'Blame Game'?

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 3:07 pm

Sign of the times? A room where the Senate Democratic caucus was meeting on Monday.
Evan Vucci AP

With the seeming certainty of a federal shutdown at the stroke of midnight, there's been some polling in the past week or so aimed at divining the political fallout.

Who will be blamed?

Will it be House Republicans, with their unyielding efforts to defund and delay Obamacare, or Democrats (and President Obama) who will be viewed as unwilling to compromise?

Here's a short guide to some recent polling:

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1:01pm

Mon September 30, 2013
Politics

The Looming Shutdown: Senate Rejects Second House Measure

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:56 pm

Speaker of the House John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, arrives for a Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Friday in Washington, D.C.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Not even an hour after the House voted in favor of a bill that would avert a shutdown of the federal government, but also delay a key part of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, the Senate rejected it with a vote of 54-46.

With less than an hour before the government runs out of authority to spend money, the ball is now back in the court of Speaker John Boehner in the House.

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