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Government Moves Closer To A Shutdown [VIDEO]

Just ten hours before a threatened government shutdown, the Senate convenes this afternoon -- but leaders have made it clear that senators aren't going to accept Republican demands that a spending measure be linked with a one-year delay in implementing the rest of President Barack Obama's health care law.

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New York Stock Exchange
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Stocks Fall Sharply As US Heads Toward Shutdown

The stock market is down sharply in early trading as the U.S. federal government appears headed for a partial shutdown.

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An American flag waves outside the United States Capitol building
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Obamacare Challenge Threatens Government Shutdown

A challenge to the president's health care law has the federal government teetering on the brink of a partial shutdown.

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Congress votes on Saturday night
Congress votes on Saturday night (CSPAN)
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Shutdown Showdown Intensifies Over Obamacare Delay [VIDEO]

The White House and congressional Democrats say House approval of a delay in President Barack Obama's health care law does nothing but push the government closer to a partial shutdown in less than 48 hours.

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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)
Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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White House: GOP Bill ‘Reckless,’ ‘Irresponsible’

The White House says a House Republican bill that would delay a major provision of President Barack Obama's health care law is reckless and irresponsible.

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) (YouTube)
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Weekly Addresses: Obamacare, Debt Ceiling [VIDEO]

President President Barack Obama is asking Americans for help spreading the word about new health insurance exchanges in his weekly radio and internet address while Republicans talk about the debt ceiling.

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The Dome of the Capitol Building is seen through a skylight window from the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center
The Dome of the Capitol Building is seen through a skylight window from the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center ( Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Shutdown Threat Puts Heat On House GOP [VIDEO]

Heat is building on balkanized Republicans, who are convening the House this weekend in hopes of preventing a government shutdown but remain under tea party pressure to battle on and use a must-do funding bill to derail all or part of President Barack Obama's health care law.

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U.S. Senate following the vote
U.S. Senate following the vote (C-SPAN)
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Senate Kills Effort To Derail Budget Bill [VIDEO]

The Senate has rejected an effort by young conservative senators to block a bill to avert a government shutdown on Tuesday.

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (C) (R-TX) speaks during a prayer vigile organized by the Christian Defense Coalition outside the White House
Sen. Ted Cruz (C) (R-TX) speaks during a prayer vigile organized by the Christian Defense Coalition outside the White House (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Senate Set To OK Budget Bill, But Fight Not Over [VIDEO]

The Democratic-led Senate is ready to approve legislation averting a government shutdown Tuesday.

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U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner answers questions at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol
U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner answers questions at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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House GOP Considers Options On Possible Shutdown

House Republicans will not simply pass a temporary spending bill from the Democratic Senate after it is shorn clean of a tea party plan to "defund Obamacare," House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday.

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