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Full coverage: The U.S. government shutdown

With the House and Senate locked in stalemate, the Office of Management and Budget formally began shutting down the government. The federal government was shut down twice in 1995-96, when Bill Clinton was president and Newt Gingrich was the speaker of the House, but had not closed since then.

  

  • For Obama, a deal could fall short of his top goal in budget standoff

    For Obama, a deal could fall short of his top goal in budget standoff

    WASHINGTON -- Under a deal emerging in the Senate, President Obama is poised to claim a clear victory on his demands in the debt-and-shutdown showdown with Republicans -- except, perhaps, the one he wants most. Although Obama’s frontline goals, as he often said, were simple -- Republicans should...

  • Senate leaders close in on deal to end budget standoff

    Senate leaders close in on deal to end budget standoff

    The plan would raise the debt ceiling until February and reopen the government until mid-January, allowing time to negotiate a longer-lasting agreement.

  • New poll shows Republicans dropping among key groups

    New poll shows Republicans dropping among key groups

    As Republicans and Democrats in the Senate worked toward a deal to loosen the debt ceiling and budget knot, a new poll showed where surgeons will have to operate once a deal is struck: Much — but not all — of their image-repair work will be have to be done on behalf of Republicans when it comes...

  • Budget talks pick up speed as deal begins to emerge

    Budget talks pick up speed as deal begins to emerge

    WASHINGTON -- Amid suddenly fast-moving talks, the Senate’s top two leaders expressed optimism Monday that the contours of a budget deal were emerging to reopen the federal government and raise the nation’s debt limit. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell...

  • Senators 'getting closer' to budget deal, Reid says

    Senators 'getting closer' to budget deal, Reid says

    WASHINGTON -- Senators edged closer to a budget deal Monday as the top four congressional leaders were called to an afternoon meeting at the White House. “We’re getting closer. We’re working on it,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said after leaving a nearly half-hour meeting with Minority...

  • Government shutdown talks hit snag in Senate

    Government shutdown talks hit snag in Senate

    WASHINGTON – Talks in the Senate aimed at resolving the crisis over the federal budget hit a setback Sunday as Democrats, emboldened by GOP disarray, pushed their advantage, leading Republicans to warn against efforts to “humiliate” their party. Although Senate leaders continued to talk, they appeared...

  • Upset over U.S. fiscal crisis, China urges a 'de-Americanized world'

    Upset over U.S. fiscal crisis, China urges a 'de-Americanized world'

    WASHINGTON -- Upset that the fiscal stalemate in Washington is threatening the global economy, China called for the U.S. dollar to be replaced as the international reserve currency as well as for broader steps to create a "de-Americanized world." China also called for an end to the "pernicious...

  • Veterans, protesters, politicians claim closed monument in D.C.

    Veterans, protesters, politicians claim closed monument in D.C.

    The federal government shutdown has lasted nearly two weeks, but the Washington blame game is still open for business. Hundreds of demonstrators pushed past barricades at the sealed-off World War II Memorial Sunday as part of a "Million Vet March" to protest the closing of war memorials, a demonstration...

  • Senate Republicans meet with Obama: Still no deal ... but close

    Senate Republicans meet with Obama: Still no deal ... but close

    WASHINGTON – Even as White House negotiators continue to wrangle with House Republican negotiators, separate discussions with GOP senators appear to be picking up steam after a meeting with President Obama. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the meeting “very useful.” "We're...

  • NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll adds to Republican shutdown woes

    NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll adds to Republican shutdown woes

    For Republicans, the last 10 days have felt like falling down a darkened elevator shaft: You want to hit bottom, but wonder about the odds of survival. In what has become an almost daily occurrence, Thursday night brought another poll showing the damage the party has suffered as a result of the...

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