Senate to Convene Sunday Afternoon

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_9ea22f970c.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The Senate is expected to convene at about 1 p.m. on Sunday in the hopes of reaching a consensus on how to end the federal government shutdown. Democrats now have demands in the shutdown and debt ceiling talks: an end to the drastic budget cuts that went into effect months ago as part of the so-called sequester.

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Senate Chaplain Says 'Enough is Enough'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_5bcdc971df.jpgABC News (WASHINGTON) -- It’s not a position that’s often in the spotlight – but with the government shutdown still ongoing, the Senate chaplain captured the nation’s attention last week with a surprising scolding for the legislators he pastors. “Remove from them that stubborn pride,” Chaplain Barry Black entreated in his opening prayer in the Senate chamber as the shutdown stretched into its fourth day.

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Study: Washington Gridlock Caused by Rigidity on Both Sides

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_d09b4ec0e9.jpgSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Every time they turned on the evening news last year, or picked up a newspaper, psychologists at Duke University saw politicians and pundits who were absolutely certain their views were correct, and anyone who disagreed with them was totally wrong. How could that be, especially given the complexity of some of the issues that were attracting so much heat?

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House Offer Edges Towards Budget Negotiations

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_b5a8a2ffeb.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- On the eleventh day of the government shutdown, House Republicans have presented a proposal to President Obama that temporarily suspends the debt limit, but does not provide funding needed to reopen the government. That may not be enough to convince President Obama to begin deficit reduction negotiations.

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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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