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Ups And Downs In Oil And Gas But Gas Remains A Cheaper Heat

The government is out with its annual forecast for the cost of heat. The feds say the cost of heating with natural gas is rising a bit after a few years of decline. The cost of heating oil is lower than last year, but even with those trends people who heat with gas will still enjoy an advantage.
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House GOP's Latest Idea: A Fiscal Supercommittee, Sort Of

The latest House Republican plan is to propose a supercommittee to work out a deal that would reopen government and raise the debt ceiling.
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D.C. Bars And Restaurants Feel Shutdown Squeeze

D.C. bars and restaurants are getting nervous about just how long their customers will be furloughed — and how it might dent their bottom line.
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Obama's Absence At Asia Summit Seen Hurting U.S. Trade

Many U.S. companies were hoping President Obama would be able to push for more open trade in Asia. But because of the U.S. government shutdown, he was a no show at the Asia-Pacific summit in Indonesia. The budget crisis in Washington is distracting from other trade initiatives as well, analysts say.
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Senate Democrats Could Set Up Test Vote On Debt Ceiling

There are signs that a measure to raise the limit on government spending could be introduced as early as Tuesday.
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Tuesday Morning Political Mix

Large foreign holders of U.S. debt warn Congress and President Obama to get their acts together... White House and Senate Democrats' unified message momentarily appeared less so... Senate Democrats are moving ahead with debt-ceiling legislation that Republicans may filibuster.
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Democrats Focus Government Shutdown Blame On Boehner

For days, House Speaker John Boehner has said all he wants is for President Obama to talk to him, to negotiate, to compromise. But Senate Democrats say they did talk, they did negotiate, they did compromise — and all it got them was Boehner reneging on a deal when his Tea Party caucus wouldn't accept it. Those bad feelings are hurting chances for a new agreement.
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Anxious St. Louis Businesses Want Shutdown To End

The partial government shutdown is now in its eighth day, and experts say the closure could be siphoning as much as $300 million out of the economy every day. St. Louis is home to around 25,000 federal workers, and just like in other cities across the country, many of those workers are wondering when they'll get back to work.
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Theorists Compare Government Shutdown To A Not-So-Fun Game

Who blinks first or games of "chicken" have certain characteristics, game theorists have long observed. Morning Edition explores these ideas in the context of the government shutdown and looming debt default.
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Job Cuts In The Works At Alcatel-Lucent

The French and American telecommunications manufacturer has confirmed it plans to cut 10,000 jobs worldwide. A company statement said 2,100 of those cuts will be from its operations in North and South America. Alcatel-Lucent has about 72,000 employees and has been losing money for years.

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