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Shutdown in 3rd day with debt trouble looming

Thursday - 10/3/2013, 5:30pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Efforts to end the partial government shutdown are at a standstill.

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) are trading barbs -- with Obama saying the only thing keeping the government shut down is Boehner's refusal to let a funding measure get an up-or-down vote. He says Boehner "doesn't want to anger the extremists in his party."

Boehner responds by blasting what he says is Obama's "my-way-or-the-highway approach." He says if the president would negotiate to fix flaws in his health care law, the shutdown would end.

With the shutdown in its third day, there are deepening concerns that it will escalate into a stalemate over the nation's borrowing authority. The Treasury says a deadlock on raising the debt limit could touch off a new recession even worse than the one from which Americans are still recovering.

The House today was taking up measures to restore funding to selected parts of the government when lawmakers were forced into a lockdown by a chase that ended near the Capitol, where shots were fired. Lawmakers resumed their work about an hour later.

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225-a-08-(Jay Carney, White House press secretary, at news conference)-"they're all bad"-White House press secretary Jay Carney says it's hard to know how bad things would get because -- fortunately -- America has never defaulted on its debt. (3 Oct 2013)

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159-a-12-(President Barack Obama, speaking to employees of M Luis Construction)-"partisan strings attached (applause fades)"-President Obama says House Speaker John Boehner could end this shutdown in five minutes -- if he'd only allow a vote on the Senate bill. (3 Oct 2013)

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191-w-33-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.)--The political sparring continues with the partial government shutdown now in its third day. AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports. (3 Oct 2013)

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APPHOTO DCEV111: House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks to the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. President Barack Obama laid the blame for the government's partial shutdown at the feet of Boehner Thursday, escalating a confrontation that is running the risk of a potentially damaging clash over the nation's borrowing authority. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) (3 Oct 2013)

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APPHOTO DCSA108: From left, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., arrive for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. Reid told reporters that House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, and House Republicans are the obstacle to ending the government shutdown crisis. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (3 Oct 2013)

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