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Obama claims he expects Congress to raise debt ceiling

President Barack Obama says he doesn’t expect Congress to breach the deadline to increase the nation’s borrowing limit. He says he’s willing to negotiate changes to his signature health care law and to find ways to reduce spending, but stresses he will not bargain until after Congress reopens the government and passed a new debt ceiling. Obama says there’s a majority of lawmakers in the House who would vote to end the partial government shutdown and raise the credit limit without conditions. Obama spoke during an interview with The Associated Press. The government is expected to hits its $16.7 trillion
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Obama to meet with Congressional leaders

President Barack Obama scrapped part of a long-planned trip to Asia and planned to meet with congressional leaders on Wednesday as a U.S. government shutdown entered a second day with no end in sight. The impasse has raised questions about Washington’s ability to carry out its most essential duties. Though a short-term shutdown would do relatively little damage to the world’s largest economy, global markets could be roiled if Congress also fails to raise the debt limit before borrowing authority runs out in coming weeks. The partial shutdown, which took effect at midnight on Monday after Republicans and Democrats were
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Obamacare exchanges open amid government shutdown

For three years, the Obama administration has been preparing for this moment: the launch of new insurance exchanges, intended to expand health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. But this is far from the grand opening that President Barack Obama may have expected. Instead, the exchanges are starting up just as most of the federal government is shutting down, left unfunded by a Congress that’s still bitterly divided about whether to discard Obama’s health care law altogether. There will be just a skeletal staff at the White House on Tuesday when Obama appears in the Oval Office to tout the
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Obama’s hardball stance: ‘Make my day’

This time, President Barack Obama says, he’s not budging. This is the confrontational Obama, the “Make my day” president, betting Republicans blink to avoid a government shutdown or a first-ever default of the nation’s debts. It’s a proposition not without risk and one with a history of last-minute accommodations on both sides. Brinkmanship between Obama and congressional Republicans has often stopped at the precipice’s edge. In this round, however, the president and his aides maintain that when it comes to raising the government’s borrowing authority and meeting its debt obligations, there’s no bargaining. “The entire world looks to us to
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Government shutdown won’t stop Obamacare

Republicans pulling on the budget thread can’t neatly unravel President Barack Obama’s health care law. A partial government shutdown next week would leave the major parts of the law in place and rolling along, according to former Democratic and Republican budget officials, as well as the Obama administration itself. Health care markets for the uninsured would open as scheduled on Tuesday. Deleting the money to implement the law, the GOP’s dream scenario, would indeed cripple Obamacare. But that’s much less likely to happen than a government shutdown. Obama wouldn’t allow the ruin of his hard-fought namesake legislation. Part of the
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White House in damage control mode over spying on Americans

Moving to tamp down a public uproar spurred by the disclosure of two secret surveillance programs, the nation’s top intelligence official is declassifying key details about one of the programs while insisting the efforts were legal, limited in scope and necessary to detect terrorist threats. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, in an unusual late-night statement Thursday, denounced the leaks of highly classified documents that revealed the programs and warned that America’s security will suffer. He called the disclosure of a program that targets foreigners’ Internet use “reprehensible,” and said the leak of another program that lets the government collect
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Ohmigod! Obama sends actual budget to Congress

President Barack Obama on Wednesday is sending Congress his 2014 budget, an effort to achieve an elusive “grand bargain” to tame runaway deficits that have soared above $1 trillion for each of the past four years. Obama’s spending blueprint for the 2014 budget year would accomplish the deficit cuts through a combination of further tax increases, further reductions in the growth of spending and reductions in the growth of the government’s biggest benefit programs, Social Security and Medicare. But instead of moving Congress nearer a grand bargain, the Obama’s proposals so far have managed to anger Republicans and Democrats alike.
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Obama faces choices in morning-after pill debate

President Barack Obama supports requiring girls younger than 17 to see a doctor before buying the morning-after pill. But fighting that battle in court comes with its own set of risks. A federal judge in New York on Friday ordered the Food and Drug Administration to lift age restrictions on the sale of emergency contraception — ending today’s requirement that buyers show proof they’re 17 or older if they want to buy it without a prescription. The ruling accused the Obama administration in no uncertain terms of letting the president’s pending re-election cloud its judgment when it set the age
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White House says Obama’s immigration plan is ‘just a backup’

The White House is downplaying its draft proposal as merely a backup plan if lawmakers don’t come up with an immigration overhaul of their own. It won’t be necessary, Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike are telling the Obama administration. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said Sunday that President Barack Obama wants to “be prepared” in case the small bipartisan group of senators fails to devise a plan for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States. In response, lawmakers assured the White House they are working on their own plan — and warned that Obama would
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Obama’s State of the Disunion

President Barack Obama rewrote history in real time Tuesday night, telling the nation that most, if not all, the problems this country faces were inherited and everything would be OK if only the other side would always let him do things his way. Blaming a nation in chaos entirely on the Republican party, Obama’s State of the Union address was more political stump speech than a factual report on a nation divided by political strife, hobbled by weak leadership and stymied by a system that no longer works. Capitol Hill Blue asked a panel of speech watchers to pick the
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