A Third Week of Government Shutdown, Three Days Until Default
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A Third Week of Government Shutdown, Three Days Until Default

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Global confidence in the stability of America was in question today as party leaders struggled to re-open the government and pay its bills. If the US runs out of money on Thursday, it’ll be the first default by a major country since Nazi Germany in 1933.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party has hit new lows in public opinion, with a substantial number of GOP House members saying they don’t care. We’ll get a progress report on a crisis that could lead to fundamental shifts in American politics... and in this country’s role in the world.

Banner image: U.S. House Democrats line up to march onto the House floor for a Saturday session to address the current U.S. government shutdown, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 12, 2013. Congressional negotiations to end a U.S. fiscal crisis that has gripped Washington and spooked financial markets hung by a thread on Saturday after they broke down in the House of Representatives and were in preliminary stages in the Senate. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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Three Days from Debt Ceiling Limit, Markets and Global Economies on Edge ()

The prospect of an American default on Thursday has rattled the global economy. Kevin Hall is national economics correspondent for the McClatchy Newspapers.

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Washington’s Debate Over the Shutdown and Debt Default Continues ()

The top leaders of both parties in the House and the Senate were scheduled to meet with the President and Vice President at the White House this afternoon. Earlier, Mr. Obama joined furloughed public workers who were volunteering at a food pantry.

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