WAMU 88.5 : The Diane Rehm Show

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President Barack Obama courts rank-and-file Republicans. The House votes to avert a government shutdown. The latest jobs numbers are released. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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President Barack Obama met with several rank-and-file GOP leaders for meals this week in attempt to shore up support for a budget deal.

Jeanne Cummings, deputy government editor for Bloomberg News, said the meetings indicate both Democrats and Republicans are making an effort to end the spending debate.

"It's sort of very refreshing for someone like me who spends my life covering a very frustrating city, a very broken city. The last week has been, at least by appearances, the way Washington should be," said Michael Scherer, White House correspondent for Time magazine.

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