President Obama Cancels Entire Asia Trip

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_b5c904442e.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama has cancelled the rest of his trip to Asia next week the White House announced. “The president made this decision based on the difficulty in moving forward with foreign travel in the face of a shutdown, and his determination to continue pressing his case that Republicans should immediately allow a vote to reopen the government,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

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Wendy Davis Announces Run for Texas Governor

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_2e14a58652.jpgWin McNamee/Getty Images (AUSTIN, Texas) -- The worst-kept secret in Texas is no longer a secret at all. Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis has announced her intention to run for governor. It was an 11-hour filibuster against strict, new abortion regulations that thrust her into a national spotlight -- and earned her a legion of supporters and critics on either side of the abortion debate.

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Boehner Telling Colleagues He Won't Allow Debt Default

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_8d80a6f2c9.jpgAlex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- With a deadline for raising the debt limit fast-approaching, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has reportedly been telling colleagues in recent days that he will do whatever necessary to avoid defaulting on the federal debt, including relying on House Democrats to help pass an extension, according to GOP aides familiar with the conversations.

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Senator: Capitol Police Working Without Pay Is a 'National Disgrace’

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_a9f3669d67.jpgJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Capitol Police officers who sprang into action on Thursday during a shooting near the U.S. Capitol are among the hundreds of thousands of government employees being forced to work without pay during the government shutdown. They are deemed essential personnel, but will not be paid until after the budget impasse is resolved.

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Obamacare Sites Still Swamped but Wait Times Cut

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_97de039ad1.jpgKAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- More than seven million Americans have gone online since Tuesday to browse the Obamacare health insurance exchanges, prompting HealthCare.gov administrators to add servers and engineers to handle the Web traffic. Another 295,000 people used federal health insurance exchange call centers and 167,000 have requested live Web chats, according to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesman Richard Olague.

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