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House GOP Leaders Now Say Defund Obamacare Or Face Shut Down

After initially resisting a plan to tie a continuing resolution funding the government past Sept. 30 to a "defunding" of Obamacare, House leaders announced Wednesday they would do just that, possibly as early as the end of the week. That would put the whole drama into the laps of the Senate, where Democrats will likely strip out the Obamacare language and send it right back to the House.
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Obama Looks To Businesses For Back Up In Budget, Debt Fights

President Obama addressed business leaders in Washington Wednesday. Facing back-to-back budget conflicts with Republicans in Congress over the federal budget and debt ceiling in the next few weeks, Obama is looking to the business community to back his view that political showdowns put the economy at risk.
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Sen. Mitch McConnell's Newest Headache

Now that House Republican leaders plan to pass a government spending bill with language defunding Obamacare, House Speaker John Boehner's problem has become the Senate GOP leader's problem.
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Minority-Owned Banks Play A Real Role In Recovery?

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation holds its annual conference this week. Host Michel Martin talks with Representative Chakah Fattah of Pennsylvania about the foundation's new investment in minority-owned banks. Michael Grant, president of the National Bankers Association, also joins the conversation.
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New Poll Finds McAuliffe and Cuccinelli In Statistical Dead Heat

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli are runing neck and neck in Virginia's gubernatorial race, and the winner may be determined by Libertarian contender Robert Sarvis.

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With Gun Control Measures Unlikely, Congress Turns Focus To Contractors

Congress won't likely debate any new gun control measures in the wake of the Navy Yard shootings, but legislators are looking into the type of access granted to contractors.

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Gun Control Advocates Say Little After Navy Yard Shooting

In the aftermath of this week's shooting rampage at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., there has been no revival of the debate over gun control. In fact, the response from both sides in the debate has been muted. That's very different from what happened after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in December.
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Brazil's President Postpones U.S. Visit Over Spying Concerns

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has put off her state visit to the United States over allegations that the National Security Agency spied on her, ordinary Brazilians and the state oil company. This was supposed to be the first state visit by a Brazilian leader in two decades.
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Home Care Workers To Be Included In Wage And Overtime Law

There are about 2 million home care workers in the U.S. But currently they are not covered under minimum wage and overtime laws. That will change in January of 2015 under new regulations announced by the Obama administration.
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House Bill Would Cut $40 Billion From Food Stamp Program

After Tea Party Republicans balked at passing the traditional farm-and-food-stamp bill, House leaders split the two apart. The farm portion narrowly cleared the House in July. The food stamp part is on its way to the floor — this time with cuts twice as large as before. The $40 billion in cuts would be made over a decade.

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