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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Memorable Political Stunts from the Government Shutdown

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_b66c77d445.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Members of Congress are not exactly known to shy away from a chance to steal the spotlight. So when the government shut down on Tuesday, it launched a frenetic quest to win the messaging war about who was to blame. Here are some of the most memorable political stunts that the government shutdown has spawned:

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Obama's Weekly Address: 'Stop This Farce, End This Shutdown'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_9775e79213.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza (WASHINGTON) -- Not surprisingly, President Obama uses his weekly address to try and mount public pressure on Republicans to pass a clean funding bill with no "partisan stings attached" and reopen the government. "The Republican House of Representatives chose to shut down a government they don’t like over a health care law they don’t like," Obama explains.

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