Obama: No deal yet to avoid shutdown; talks go on

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional and White House staffers are working so that President Barack Obama can get "an answer in the morning."

That's what Obama said after a late meeting with congressional leaders. It was his second meeting of the day with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The president said he wasn't ready to express "wild optimism" despite progress being made. He said work needs to be done to overcome a few "difficult issues."

Obama warned that a shutdown that looms for midnight Friday would directly affect hundreds of thousands and would cause disruptions for millions more. He also said that disrupting government operations would risk harm to the economy.

Meanwhile, the White House has announced the president has postponed a scheduled trip to Indianapolis for the morning.

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