Boehner Pressures Senate to Negotiate; Path Ahead Uncertain

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_d08840df16.jpgNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Eighty-five minutes after the government shut down, the House of Representatives adjourned and House Speaker John Boehner left the Capitol without an agreement in place to open it back up but adamant that the Affordable Care Act remains the GOP's chief target in the showdown with President Obama and Congressional Democrats.

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You Can Still Get a Passport, Contact Embassies Despite Shutdown

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_62277e10cf.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. will continue to issue passports, even after the federal government has shut down, the State Department said on Monday. Passports are funded by the fees paid by applicants, making them immune to budget politics, State Department officials said.  It doesn’t matter whether Congress funds the government, because passports pay for themselves.

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Christie Goes to Court to Stop Same-Sex Marriage

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_88110e7803.jpgAndrew Burton/Getty Images (TRENTON, N.J.) -- Same-sex marriage won't be coming to New Jersey if Republican Gov. Chris Christie has anything to say about it. After a judge ruled last week that New Jersey must grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, Christie made his appeal on Monday to the state's Supreme Court to halt the order. In a letter, New Jersey Acting Attorney General John Hoffman said the lower court decision has "far-reaching implications."

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DOJ to Sue North Carolina over Voter ID Law

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_5db0a532e6.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The Justice Department is planning to sue the state of North Carolina over its voter ID law, a source briefed on the plans told ABC News. The move is expected to be announced Monday and comes in the wake of a recent Supreme Court decision that gutted a portion of the Voting Rights Act.  After that decision, North Carolina proceeded with its voter ID law. 

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What's Next? 5 Questions in Government Shutdown Showdown

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_255934e570.jpgABC News Radio (WASHINGTON) -- The federal government is careening even closer to the first shutdown in 17 years, with time running short — and the inclination to find compromise almost non-existent. Here's a look at five looming questions in the shutdown showdown:

1. So what's next?

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