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Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., walks to his office after arriving on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 in Washington. Aides to Senate Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the leaders resumed talks Tuesday night and voiced optimism about striking an agreement Wednesday that could pass both houses of Congress and reach President Barack Obama's desk before Thursday, when the U.S. Treasury says it will begin running out of cash.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

FINALLY! Deal to avoid default and open government

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders reached last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown, according to a Republican senator who also said congressional leaders would […]

10/16/2013

Trader Sean Spain works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Markets steady as debt ceiling deadline looms

LONDON (AP) — Three days from a deadline to increase the U.S. debt ceiling, investors remain focused on developments in Washington. Most think a deal will be reached in time and stock markets were holding […]

10/14/2013

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., walks to his office after arriving on Capitol Hill on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Obama calls Hill leaders to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called congressional leaders to the White House on Monday in search of a quick end to an impasse that threatens an unprecedented Treasury default later this week and has […]

10/14/2013

From left, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., meet in the Oval Office of the White House, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Congress lumbers while threatened default looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats in Congress lumbered through a day of political maneuvering Saturday while a threatened default by the Treasury crept uncomfortably closer and a partial government shutdown neared the end of […]

10/12/2013

David Barrows of Washington holds a flag covered in money and corporate logos during a demonstration outside at the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, as the court heard arguments on campaign finance. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

High court leery of campaign contribution limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to throw out caps on some contributions by the biggest individual donors to political campaigns. The court’s conservative justices voiced repeated skepticism about overall limits on […]

10/08/2013

Normally packed with tourists, the stairs leading from the Capitol Visitors Center up to the Capitol Rotunda are empty as the government shutdown enters a second week, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Dems to try for debt ceiling increase

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the Senate plan to move quickly toward a vote to allow the government to borrow more money, challenging Republicans to a filibuster showdown as the time remaining to stop a […]

10/08/2013

President Barack Obama speaks about the government shutdown and debt ceiling during a visit to M. Luis Construction, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Rockville, Md. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Shutdown in 3rd day with bigger trouble looming

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama laid the blame for the government’s partial shutdown at the feet of House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday, escalating a confrontation that is running the risk of a potentially […]

10/03/2013

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 11, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

New House GOP bill delays health law by 1 year

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans on Saturday pushed the government to the edge of a partial shutdown next week, insisting that President Barack Obama’s health care law be delayed a year in defiance of White […]

09/28/2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, accompanied by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right, express their frustration after the Senate passed a bill to fund the government, but stripped it of the defund "Obamacare" language as crafted by House Republicans, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Fellow Republicans skip encore of Cruz-Lee show

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some tried yelling. Others tried shaming. But by the time tea party freshmen Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee spoke on the chamber floor again Friday, other Republican senators had settled on […]

09/27/2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, accompanied by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right, express their frustration after the Senate passed a bill to fund the government, but stripped it of the defund "Obamacare" language as crafted by House Republicans, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Shutdown looming: Senate and House still at odds

WASHINGTON (AP) – Time running short, the Democratic-controlled Senate passed legislation Friday that would avert a partial government shutdown early next week. But the measure faced a swift demise in the House at the hands […]

09/27/2013

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