John Boehner Tells GOP Moderates to ‘Trust Me’

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_87979a73cd.jpgSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The White House session Wednesday night was important, but perhaps an even more critical meeting for Speaker John Boehner took place earlier the same day in his Capitol office. He met with a group of more than a dozen moderate Republicans, urging them to stick with him in what he acknowledged was an anxious and tense period during the government shutdown.

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Obama Cancels Trips to Malaysia, the Philippines Amid Shutdown

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_7d8f8be3eb.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza (WASHINGTON) -- The government shutdown has forced President Obama to cancel half of his upcoming trip to Asia. In a statement Wednesday, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the president's trip to Malaysia and the Philippines next week has been postponed.

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Furloughed Workers Call on Congress to 'Get Their Act Together'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_62a204d27f.jpgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Furloughed government workers are getting some time off, but the vacation is likely to be a period of increased anxiety for federal employees who do not know when they will go back to work -- or get a pay check. Among the nervous crop of government workers is Matthew Hoffman, a scientist with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., who said he had to "close up the labs" and "shut down experiments and leave."

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Republicans Make Case Against Obamacare, Defend Shutdown

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_bd4b923840.jpgABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Three conservative Republicans at the center of the budget showdown, who were elected in the tea party wave that helped the GOP win control of the House in 2010, say the government shutdown may be a necessary step to highlight the perils of Obamacare. "Delay of Obamacare's the right thing for America," said Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho. "I don't know why he couldn't delay Obamacare for one year."

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House Dems Fail to Back GOP Spending Measures

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_5f1d1c0fb2.jpgAlex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- In the latest attempt to mitigate the effects of a government shutdown, the House voted on these three measures Tuesday evening, but all of them failed to pass for lack of Democrat votes. Since the House considered the measures in an expedited manner, they each required a two-thirds majority to pass. Each fell about 20 Democrat votes short of passage. They would have required 288 favorable votes to pass.

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