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  • On a day filled with both rising and falling hopes, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans struggled inconclusively Thursday to find common ground that could avert an economy-tanking default and possibly end the 10-day-old partial government shutdown that has idled 350,000 federal workers.
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  • Mustafa Guyton
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  • House GOP leaders seek short-term debt extension
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  • Shutdown prompts freeze on death benefits to families of fallen soldiers
  • House Republican leaders are considering a short-term increase in the U.S. debt limit as a possible way to break the gridlock that threatens the nation with an unprecedented default in as little as a week, officials said Wednesday night.
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  • Government Shutdown
  • President Barack Obama brought congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday.
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  • The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to permit the government to borrow enough money to avoid a first avoid default for at least four months, defusing a crisis looming next month and setting the stage for a springtime debate over taxes, spending and the deficit.
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  • Gov. Chris Christie
  • Christie, by his own admission, is "not a subtle personality" and he likes to take charge, two traits figured prominently in how he handled Sandy.
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  • Confronted with a revolt among the rank and file, House Republicans abruptly put off a vote Thursday night on legislation allowing tax rates to rise for households earning $1 million and up, complicating attempts to avoid a year-end "fiscal cliff" that threatens to send the economy into recession. .
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  • President Barack Obama
  • President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met at the White House to discuss the "fiscal cliff."
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  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
  • House Republicans on Monday proposed a new 10-year, $2.2 trillion blueprint to President Barack Obama that calls for increasing the eligibility age for Medicare and lowering cost-of-living hikes for Social Security benefits.
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  • Amid increasing anxiety that the White House and top Republicans are wasting time as the government slides toward an economy-rattling "fiscal cliff," administration officials are heading to Capitol Hill for talks with congressional leaders.
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  • Top House Republicans said Sunday they oppose a Senate-approved bill that extends a payroll tax cut for two months.
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  • President Barack Obama delivers a speech to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Watching are Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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  • Confronting an economy in peril, President Barack Obama unveiled a larger-than-expected $450 billion plan Thursday night to boost jobs and put cash in the pockets of dispirited Americans.
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  • Rep. John Boehner and President Barack Obama
  • The tiff over the timing of President Barack Obama's jobs speech to Congress offers little hope that Republicans and the White House will now find common ground on how to reduce the nation's painfully high unemployment. In fact, some Democrats say it's time Obama stopped trying so hard to negotiate.
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  • President Barack Obama
  • President Barack Obama signed legislation Tuesday to avoid a national default that he said would have devastated the U.S. economy.
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  • President Barack Obama
  • Moody's Investors Service said Tuesday that the United States will retain its triple-A bond rating following passage of legislation to boost the debt ceiling. But the agency put a "negative" outlook on the rating, raising the specter of a future downgrade.
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  • In this image from House Television, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., appears on the floor of the House of Representatives Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Washington. Giffords was on the floor for the first time since her shooting earlier this year, attending a vote on the debt standoff compromise. (AP Photo/House Television)
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  • The House has passed legislation designed to keep the government from defaulting on its debts.
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  • Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the House for the first time since she was shot last January.
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  • President Barack Obama and Rep. John Boehner
  • Ending a perilous stalemate, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders announced an historic agreement Sunday.
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  • President Barack Obama and Rep. John Boehner
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  • President Barack Obama and Rep. John Boehner
  • President Barack Obama and top congressional leaders have sealed agreement on a plan to pair an increase in the nation's $14.3 trillion borrowing limit with spending cuts and to create a special committee to recommend bigger savings for a vote later this year.
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  • House Speaker John Boehner says the pact he's reached with President Barack Obama and other leaders of Congress on lifting the debt limit and taming the budget "isn't the greatest deal" but lives up to the GOP's principles on taxes and spending.
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  • Asian stock markets jumped Monday after President Barack Obama announced a last-minute agreement to raise the government's debt limit and avoid a default.
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  • The U.S. Capitol in Washington is illuminated as the debt-limit stalemate continues Saturday night, July 30, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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  • In a last-minute stab at compromise, Republican congressional leaders and the White House made significant progress Saturday toward a deal to avert a government default threatened for early next week, according to officials familiar with the talks.
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  • Republicans invited to a White House meeting with President Barack Obama Wednesday are trying to build up pressure for trillions in spending cuts in exchange for any increase in the government's ability to borrow.
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  • Looming shutdown
  • Talks are intensifying on Capitol Hill on reaching a deal on long-overdue legislation to finance the government.
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  • Rep. John Boehner and President Barack Obama
  • Raising the pressure for a budget deal, President Barack Obama on Tuesday rejected a Republican stopgap proposal to extend government operations for a week while negotiators try to hammer out an agreement on spending cuts for the rest of the year.
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