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A Metaphor Meltdown At The White House

Nuclear weapons, matches, gasoline — Thursday's White House briefing was an epic battle of metaphor, evasion and obfuscation.

Meet The 21 Republicans Who Back A 'Clean' Spending Bill

Many of those in the potentially pivotal group are from competitive congressional districts and differ from their GOP colleagues in important ways.

Shutdown Diary: Boehner Offers Debt Limit Deal

On Day 10 of the government shutdown, Speaker John Boehner proposed a six-week debt ceiling extension hours before a group of House GOP leaders were to sit down with the president at the White House. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rejected the notion out of hand.

Shutdown Imperils Costly Lab Mice, Years Of Research

A lack of funding to labs is likely to mean an early death for thousands of mice used in scientific and medical research. The loss of specialty mice, many of which have genes that can cause them to develop versions of human diseases, is especially troubling to scientists — and expensive.

Main Street Frustrated By Washington's 'Total Absurdity'

Across the country, leaders of local chambers of commerce are irate that Washington can't reach agreement on the budget. They worry debt default could wreck consumer confidence ahead of the holiday shopping season. Yet many on Main Street aren't yet reacting by putting much pressure on politicians.

Record High Corn Prices Coming Back Down, With Mixed Effects

Corn prices have fallen from the record heights of 2011 and 2012. The cheaper corn is helping farmers who need to feed livestock, and it's already showing up in some consumer prices. For instance, Chipotle Mexican Grill, when it released earnings this summer, said it saw food prices stabilizing and it no longer expected to make previously announced price increases for the balance of the year. For grain farmers, though, the lower prices may spell the end of the good times.

For DC, Prospect Of Prolonged Shutdown Provokes Anxiety

Washington, D.C., and its surrounding suburbs were spared the worst of the economic downturn. Federal spending and contracting remained strong, even during the darkest days of the recession. But with the government shutdown, is the region going to take a hit? That depends a lot on how long the shutdown lasts and whether you can make up the money after it ends.

Former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Sentenced To 28 Years In Prison

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been sentenced to 28 years in prison on convictions of extortion, bribery, racketeering and tax crimes. The sentence, far more than Kilpatrick's defense wanted, is meant to send a message about how government should work according to the judge.

Furloughed FDA Worker Hits The Streets To Drum Up Extra Cash

Jonathan Derr of Silver Spring, Md., works for the Food and Drug Administration. Last week, he was one of the estimated 800,000 federal workers furloughed because of the partial government shutdown.

Starbucks Pours Money, And Health Hype, Into Pricey Juice

Starbucks is investing big bucks in its Evolution Fresh line of cold-pressed juices with a massive new factory. Food scientists say all the hype around premium juices may get some consumers to boost their fruit and vegetable consumption. But these pricier juices, they say, are no more nutritious than regular old fruits and vegetables.