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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.

  

  • GOP plan to extend debt limit raises hope of end to impasse

    GOP plan to extend debt limit raises hope of end to impasse

    House Republicans offer to extend the government's borrowing authority for six weeks, but not to end the federal shutdown, as Democrats want.

  • Republican popularity losing ground to government shutdown

    Republican popularity losing ground to government shutdown

    How low can Congress go? Today’s answer: There’s not much lower they can go. Polls out Wednesday painted a bleak picture of Americans’ views of their federal legislators. Really bleak. In an Associated Press-GfK poll, Congress dropped to an approval rating of 5%. No typo there. To rub salt into...

  • Koch Industries deflects blame on government shutdown

    Koch Industries deflects blame on government shutdown

    WASHINGTON - Koch Industries, the multibillion-dollar company led by David and Charles Koch, tried to distance itself Wednesday from any blame for the government shutdown and congressional quagmire. But doing so requires some explaining given the long track record that the Koch brothers have of...

  • Talks between Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner fail as both sides dig in

    Talks between Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner fail as both sides dig in

    WASHINGTON – The political standoff that has gummed up the government for nine days showed no sign of ending Wednesday as Democratic leaders dug deeper into their position that they would not negotiate with Republicans leaders in the House until the government is reopened. House Minority Leader...

  • Government shutdown: Charity will pay military death benefits

    Government shutdown: Charity will pay military death benefits

    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon and Congress scrambled Wednesday to restore full military death benefits for families to quell a growing controversy as the federal government shutdown delayed assistance even to families of those who have given their lives for their country. In a surprise move, Defense...

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