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Shutdown deal in sight? Reid, McConnell optimistic

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reported progress Monday toward a deal to avoid a threatened default and end a two-week partial government shutdown as President Barack Obama called congressional leaders to the White House to press for an end to the impasse.

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 03:42am EDT

Tags: government shutdown, Harry Reid, Barack Obama, John Boehner

Obama cites progress in talks; warns of default

President Barack Obama is sounding an optimistic note saying there has been progress in the Senate toward resolving a standoff over the nation's debt and the partial government shutdown. But he cautions that if Republicans don't cooperate, "we stand a good chance of defaulting."

Monday - 10/14/2013, 01:18pm EDT

Tags: government shutdown, Barack Obama, Harry Reid,

Spending stumbling block to budget deal

Senate Republicans and Democrats hit an impasse Sunday over spending in their last-ditch struggle to avoid an economy-jarring default in just four days and end a partial government shutdown that's entering its third week.

Sunday - 10/13/2013, 09:43pm EDT

Tags: government shutdown, President Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Senate

Congress lumbers while threatened default looms

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 its second week.

Saturday - 10/12/2013, 04:25pm EDT

Tags: government shutdown, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, John Boehner

As fiscal cliff approaches, staffers work behind the scenes

Despite a lack of action Saturday from the principal players in the political discourse concerning the fiscal cliff, aides and other staffers behind the scenes are working on the issue.

Saturday - 12/01/2012, 03:02pm EST

Tags: obama, Tim Geithner, fiscal cliff, Heather Brady