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House GOP leaders seek short-term debt extension

Updated: 10/10/2013 - President Barack Obama is hosting top House Republicans to seek an opening in an impasse that has shuttered much of the government and threatens a catastrophic federal default.

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Charity to pay military death benefits

Posted: 10/10/2013 - The Defense Department typically pays families about $100,000 within three days of a service member's death, but officials say the shutdown was preventing those benefits from being paid.

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State Rep. Charles Curtiss not seeking re-election

Posted: 10/10/2013 - The 66-year-old Sparta Democrat didn't give a specific reason for his decision but said Wednesday he wanted to give candidates considering running for his District 43 seat plenty of time to plan.

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Budget clash intensifies amid hints of short truce

Posted: 10/09/2013 - 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.

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Christie's re-election race highlights his future

Posted: 10/09/2013 - With the gubernatorial election less than a month away, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is telling voters that he might not serve out his full second term if elected.

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US expected to slash aid to Egyptian government

Posted: 10/09/2013 - U.S. officials said Wednesday that the Obama administration is poised to slash hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt.

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Poll: GOP gets the blame in shutdown

Posted: 10/09/2013 - 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.

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Alexander gives Boy Scouts tour of US Capitol

Posted: 10/09/2013 - Boy Scout Troop 911 of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., went to Washington with a week of events planned, only to find that many places they intended to go were closed because of the government shutdown.

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Haslam: GOP partly to blame for shutdown

Posted: 10/08/2013 - Gov. Bill Haslam and fellow Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly appear to be at odds about who will be blamed for the shutdown of the federal government.

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Did Obama swap 'black' detention sites for ships?

Posted: 10/08/2013 - Instead of sending suspected terrorists to Guantanamo Bay or secret CIA "black" sites for interrogation, the Obama administration is questioning terrorists for as long as it takes aboard U.S. naval vessels.

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Shutdown takes its toll on White House operations

Posted: 10/08/2013 - Of the 1,701 advisers, assistants, number-crunchers, butlers, chefs and landscapers who work at the White House on a normal day, fewer than 450 are on duty, according to President Barack Obama's budget office.

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Gov't shutdown enters 2nd week, no end in sight

Posted: 10/07/2013 - Washington will be closely watching the financial markets on Monday to see if the uncompromising talk rattles Wall Street and worldwide economies just 10 days before the threat of default would be imminent.

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Supreme Court term begins amid government shutdown

Posted: 10/07/2013 - The court announced it will operate normally at least through the end of this week. The justices are hearing six arguments, including a challenge to limits on campaign contributions.

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Raids suggest future shape of counterterror bids

Posted: 10/07/2013 - The U.S. commando raids in Libya and Somalia suggest the future shape of U.S. counterterrorism efforts — brief, targeted raids against highly sought extremist figures — and highlight the rise of Africa as a terrorist haven.

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