Rep. Mark Sanford Tells His Furloughed Staff to Get Back to Work

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_3dff4a3048.jpgUS House of Representatives (WASHINGTON) -- Furlough days may be over for congressional staffers who have been forced to stay home during the government shutdown. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll get paid anytime soon. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., announced Monday in a statement that he had ordered all his staff members to return to work starting Tuesday.

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GOP Loses Ground vs. Obama in Shutdown Blame Game

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_8f869f500a.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The Republicans in Congress have lost ground against Barack Obama in blame over the government shutdown, with Americans expressing increasing criticism of both parties in Washington, while the president’s avoided that rise in public ire. Seventy percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll disapprove of how the Republicans are handling the budget negotiations, up 7 percentage points from a week ago.

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Obama Resists Talks with Boehner 'Under the Threat' of Default

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_3c4b792876.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama Monday responded directly to House Speaker John Boehner on ABC's This Week where he accused the White House of refusing negotiations with Republicans, prolonging a government shutdown, and risking the first-ever U.S. default. “I have said from the start of the year that I'm happy to talk to Republicans about anything related to the budget."

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John Kerry on Shutdown: 'We Will Get Beyond This Moment'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_6076e75284.jpgState Department photo/ Public Domain (BALI, Indonesia) -- Walking a fine line between shaming House Republicans and reassuring the world that the U.S. economy will survive, Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in Bali that the government shutdown is damaging foreign policy efforts — but only for the moment. "I am absolutely confident that when we get this moment of political silliness behind us, we will be back on track, that the world will respect and want to be part of," Kerry said today in Indonesia, where he is attending meetings at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

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Shutdown Continues, But Furloughed Workers Will Likely Be Paid

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_7ed5382904.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. government shutdown saga continued on Capitol Hill Saturday, but for the 800,000 federal workers sent home without pay there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel. Saturday, the House of Representatives passed legislation that, if cleared by the Senate, would assure those employees would receive their back pay when the government reopens.

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