GOP Senators on Meeting with Obama: ‘At Least He’s Talking’

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_6184ce70e0.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Republican Senators returned to the Capitol Friday after a meeting with President Obama that one senator described as “good” but “inconclusive.” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who has sketched out an alternative plan to the one presented by the House GOP, said she was able to discuss her plan with the president, but he declined to endorse either proposal.

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DC Domestic Violence Agency Struggles Amid Shutdown

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_a821fe7eaf.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- In Congress’ own backyard, the ripple effect of the shutdown has taken its toll on a variety of government services Washingtonians rely on. One organization that’s a stone’s throw away from the Capitol has been left scrambling to continue serving its clients. The beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness month this year coincided with the beginning of the shutdown -- and the end of federal funding for domestic abuse agencies.

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Ben Carson: Obamacare is ‘Slavery’

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_c5ee6642e9.jpgDouglas Graham/CQ Roll Call (WASHINGTON) -- Ben Carson is probably best known for his work as a neurosurgeon, but in recent months he has become a conservative firebrand and on Friday he offered some controversial red meat to the audience at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. Carson, who is a contributor to Fox News, assailed president Obama’s health care law, saying it is akin to slavery.

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White House Calls Stamps Encouraging Fitness Unsafe

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_2ca857263b.jpg Samantha Appleton / The White House (WASHINGTON) -- A collection of U.S. postage stamps encouraging kids to play sports and lead active lifestyles was recalled after White House officials deemed the activities involved unsafe, according to a postal service official. The “Just Move” collection of stamps, designed by Eli Noyes, were intended to promote the government’s “Let’s Move” campaign advocating physical fitness, a cause championed by first lady Michelle Obama.

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Bare Majority in House Supports 'Clean' Government Funding Measure

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_d98958ce54.jpgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- House Speaker John Boehner told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday that “there are not [enough] votes in the House to pass a clean CR [continuing resolution],” meaning he did not believe a majority of House members would support continued funding for the government without conditions attached. It looks like he might be wrong, but just barely.

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