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Shutdown Diary, Day 7: The Blame Game

New polling shows that both parties are taking a hit over the shutdown, but Republicans are bearing the brunt of the blame from the American public.
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Shutdown Voting Math Fails To Add Up

Several media tallies report there are enough votes to pass a "clean" spending bill. But vote counts by media organizations aren't the most reliable way to gauge the prospects of legislation.
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Raids Project Presidential Power Amid Shutdown's Gridlock

The special forces operations against terrorism targets in Libya and Somalia over the weekend came at a time when President Obama badly needed something to go his way. It's a reminder that counterterrorism is the unusual arena where Obama can decide on a course of action — and execute it.
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Undocumented Immigrants In Calif. Will Benefit From New Laws

The federal government remains shut down over a budget stalemate, but California's Gov. Jerry Brown decided not to wait for Congress to make decisions on the Gordian knot that is U.S. immigration policy.
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In A Debt Crisis, U.S. May Have To Decide Payment Priorities

If Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling, the U.S. Treasury will be unable to pay creditors and the U.S. will be in default. Some argue Treasury could continue making "priority payments" designed to protect the nation's credit rating. Others say that could undermine the confidence in the U.S. to meet its obligations.
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GOP Governors Chart Different Paths On Shutdown

The federal government shutdown has given governors across the country an opportunity to take part in one of their favorite pastimes: scolding Washington.
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Shutdown Shutters Already-Clogged Immigration Court

Robert Siegel talks with immigration lawyer Andres Benach about how the government shutdown has affected his clients. Benach has had several clients miss court hearings that may take a year to reschedule, given the backlog of cases the immigration courts face.
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California Won't Wait For Congress On Immigration Reform

California Gov. Jerry Brown has singed a bill that limits cooperation with federal authorities that want immigration holds on undocumented people arrested for minor infractions. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has a more extensive proposal to ban virtually all cooperation with the feds. On immigration issues, California appears to be headed in the opposite direction of states like Arizona.
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Congressional Leaders Debate Votes Needed To End Shutdown

House Speaker John Boehner has explained often why his Republican caucus is standing firm on the spending bill: because of the dangers he thinks are posed by the president's health care law. But on Sunday, Boehner went further, and said the votes are not there to pass a "clean" spending bill that would fund the government without making changes to the Affordable Care Act. That statement goes against many other observers, both Republican and Democrat, who believe the opposite.
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Irked By Shutdown And Stalemate, Public Still Oppose Compromise

As the federal government shutdown stretches into its second week, a new poll shows widespread public frustration. But the majority of people polled by the Pew Research Center say they would not want their side to give ground on whether or not to defund or delay the health law, even if it was the only way to end the shutdown soon. Robert Siegel talks to Pew's Michael Dimock about the new poll numbers on public sentiment and the government shutdown.

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