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House Republicans Move To Avert Debt Crisis...For A While

The 10-day-old government shut down and the need to raise the federal debt limit next week have been tied together as a single political crisis. But now, House Republicans seem ready to cleave the debt ceiling debate. Economists of all stripes say breaching the debt ceiling could be catastrophic, and on Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner said he is prepared to support a bill to raise the debt ceiling for six weeks if the president will agree to negotiations on long-term deficit reduction. None of this has anything to do with the initial fight to repeal or delay the Affordable Care Act, but may be a start toward resolution.
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GOP's Short-Term Debt Deal May Be Hard Sell For House Democrats

A possible deal is brewing between the White House and the GOP House leadership, but it's unclear if Congressional Democrats will go along with it. To find out, Robert Siegel talks to Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, to hear how the proposal to extend the debt ceiling deadline into late November is being received by his fellow party members.
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Boehner's New Pitch To Republicans And Obama: Push Back Debt Deadline

House Speaker John Boehner pitched his Republican caucus Thursday on the idea of pushing back the debt limit deadline from next week to late November.
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How Political Miscalculations Led To The Shutdown Standoff

Throughout the debate, both Democrats and Republicans have made decisions based on faulty assumptions about the other side. What's still not clear is what it will take to end the crisis.
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The Politics Hour - Oct 11, 2013

Kojo and Tom chat with David Ramadan, the Republican who represents Virginia's 87th district in the commonwealth's House of Delegates, and soon-to-be Democratic D.C. Council candidate Charles Allen.

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Former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Sentenced To 28 Years

Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted of, among other things, extortion, fraud and conspiracy. During the trial he was accused of running a kick-back scheme that fattened his bank account by tens of thousands of dollars.
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Daycares In Federal Buildings Scramble To Remain Open

Many of D.C.'s daycare centers are housed in federal buildings, and with the shutdown, these agencies have had to scramble to find alternative spaces.

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Why Anti-Government Activists Aren't Celebrating The Shutdown

If you think anti-government factions are thrilled about the feds screeching to a halt, think again.

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From A To B: Metro Grapples With Empty Seats On Trains, Buses

After an already difficult fiscal year, WMATA is losing about 20 percent of its ridership each day as federal workers stay home.

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Md. Family Braces For Next Wave Of Shutdown Cuts

Ian Adams is one of the lucky federal employees who's been working during the furlough... but his facility's funding won't last forever.

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