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By The Numbers: The Cost Of The Federal Government Shutdown

As the partial government shutdown continues into its eighth day, <i>All Things Considered</i> takes a look at what's been happening both in and out of Washington.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>From the cost of the shutdown overseas to a few numbers here at home. Eight, that's how many days the government …

Shutdown Stalemate Continues In Dueling Press Conferences

House Republicans had a closed door meeting this morning, and emerged with the same talking point they've used all week: They just want to negotiate with the president. President Obama quickly gave his response: He will not negotiate over the government shutdown or the debt …

Obama: End Shutdown, Raise Debt Ceiling, Then We'll Talk

President Obama held a news conference at the White House Tuesday to urge Republicans to vote on a bill to reopen the government, saying it was time to focus on the next issue: raising the debt ceiling.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert …

Obama news conference lays bare politics at center of shutdown

Much of President Obama's press conference Tuesday was dedicated to pushing his case that Republican recalcitrance has brought the nation to the brink of default amid a government shutdown. But in two asides he laid bare the reason the dispute has been so intractable.<p>"I mean, the truth is, is that …

Obama urges debt ceiling deal to avoid 'crashing' world economy – live blog

Summary<p>We're going to wrap up our live blog coverage for the day. Here's a summary of where things stand:<p><b>• President Obama and Speaker Boehner once again staked out seemingly irresoluble positions</b> on the government shutdown and debt ceiling<b>.</b> The president said he would not negotiate with Congress …

Teaching the US shutdown: news and resources round up

The US government has been shutting its non-essential services because US politicians on Capitol Hill haven't managed to agree new budget for the new US financial year (which started on 1 October).<p>As hundreds of thousands of workers, from Pentagon employees to rangers in national parks, are told to …

OBAMA: 'I'M EXASPERATED' AT SHUTDOWN, DEBT CEILING BATTLES

"I've bent over backwards to work with the GOP during my Presidency," Obama said. "So, am I exasperated? I'm exasperated because this is entirely unnecessary.<p>"I am exasperated with the idea that unless I say to 20 million people, 'You can't have health insurance,' they will not reopen the …

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No Shutdown Deal in Sight After White House Meeting

President Obama and leaders of both houses of Congress left a 90-minute meeting at the White House this evening no more closer to ending a government …

Obama adopts arm's-length strategy on government shutdown

WASHINGTON — In 2011, with the government dangling on the edge of default, President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) engaged in near daily negotiations. There were regular phone calls, talks and red wine at the White House. There were blowups, makeups and then a deal.<p>Now, two years …

Obama summons congressional leaders in effort to break shutdown stalemate

Barack Obama called congressional leaders to a meeting at the White House on Wednesday amid fears that a protracted deadlock over the US government shutdown could trigger a wider economic crisis.<p>But there was little hope that the meeting would end the standoff, which has plunged hundreds of …

Shutdown Gives Americans New Reason To Hate Washington

There's nothing like a government shutdown to make people angry about government, or at least the politicians who are running things.<p>"The people we have in the Senate and the House of Representatives, I don't know who they're working for, but they're not working for us," says Larry Abernathy, an …

As government shutdown nears, lawmakers trade blame

The House voted overnight to send a stopgap spending bill back to the Senate… (Olivier Douliery / MCT )<p>WASHINGTON — Lawmakers appeared no closer to a deal to avert a government shutdown after midnight action in the House to delay President Obama's healthcare law, with both parties trading …

Police Wound Two Bystanders In Shooting Near Times Square

Caught in the line of fire by police officers, two women were shot near crowded Times Square in Manhattan last night. The bystanders were wounded as police struggled to deal with a man who was behaving erratically. The man had "simulated" firing a gun at police; he was not found to have a …

Iraq violence: Bombs cause mayhem across Iraq

<b>A fresh wave of bombs has killed more than 40 people across Iraq - mostly targeting Shia areas - officials say.</b><p>The deadliest was in the city of Hilla, south of the capital Baghdad, where two car bombs at a market killed at least 15 civilians.<p>Other bombs hit Baghdad itself as well as Basra, Nasiriya …

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Colorado Floods: Rescuers Seek Survivors and Signs of Hope

Nearly 500 people were still unaccounted for today in Larimer County, Colo., alone in wake of the ferocious flooding that has ripped through the …

The Ugly, Disorganized Obama Victory on Syria

If there’s one thing that Wash­ing­ton can agree on right now, it’s that the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s hand­ling of the chem­ic­al-weapons at­tack …

Middle East

Def Leppard Viva! Hysteria – review

Here's something for fans of rock legends Def Leppard, a concert movie recorded over a number of nights on the catwalk-style stage at The Joint in Las Vegas. For newcomers and non-believers the band's most startling aspect is probably Rick Allen, who continues to drum mightily with specially …

iPhone 5S: Apple’s golden ticket?

Two new iPhones, the 5C and 5S, have divided opinion – Matt Warman assesses their chances<p>Sometime this week, queues will begin to form outside Apple’s stores around the world. Two new iPhones go on sale on Friday, and just when people first start camping out, as they surely will, is likely to be a …

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Christie vows support for fire-ravaged Jersey Shore businesses

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Saturday announced an initial $15 million in aid to local businesses that face another round of rebuilding after a boardwalk fire struck the towns of Seaside Park and Seaside Heights, which had just picked themselves up after Superstorm Sandy.<p>"Getting financial …

World's oldest man dies at age 112 in NY

The world's oldest man, a 112-year-old self-taught musician, coal miner and gin rummy aficionado from western New York, has died. He was 112.<p>Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez died Friday at a nursing home in Grand Island, according to Robert Young, senior gerontology consultant with Guinness World …

US and Russia reach agreement in Syria weapons talks

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have reached an agreement on a framework for securing Syria's chemical weapons on the third day of intense negotiations in Geneva.<p>Syria has one week to comply. And if Syrian leaders fail to comply, the United States and Russia …

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Voyager 1 leaves solar system

Carrying the images, sounds and technology of the 1970s, the space probe Voyager 1 has left our solar system and begun a journey that will take it to interstellar space and possibly other life forms.<p>Equipped with an eight-track tape recorder, computers with 240,000 times less memory than an iPhone …

Fire rages along NJ boardwalk damaged by Superstorm Sandy

A raging fire that apparently started in a custard shop tore through a New Jersey shore boardwalk Thursday, destroying more than 30 businesses in a tourist mecca just recovering from the damage it sustained in Superstorm Sandy.<p>At a press conference Thursday evening, New Jersey Governor Chris …

Syria crisis: Kerry cautiously optimistic over chemical weapons surrender

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, on Thursday expressed cautious optimism that a deal could be reached to guarantee the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, as he began talks on the issue in Geneva with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.<p>Appearing alongside Lavrov, shortly after the …

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Syria Resolution in Congress: Tracking the Vote (Interactive)

Interactive<p>Despite a full-court press, the Syria vote isn’t looking good for Obama. See the current stances of a handful of lawmakers.<p>09.09.13 4:45 …