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Government workers protest the possibility of a federal shutdown on Sept. 30, 2013, in Chicago.

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Government workers protest the possibility of a federal shutdown on Sept. 30, 2013, in Chicago.

Frustration, Anger Prevail Among Public: Pew Poll

What’s the public’s take on Washington? Frustration. And anger. “Public anger at the federal government is as high as at any point since the Pew Research Center began asking the question in 1997,” Pew reports today. “Anger is most palpable...

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Tea Party activists cheer during the "Exempt America from Obamacare" rally,  on Capitol Hill, on September 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Tea Party activists cheer during the "Exempt America from Obamacare" rally, on Capitol Hill, on September 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Near Government Shutdown, Tea Party Support Subsiding: Poll

As Tea Party-aligned House Republicans say they won’t provide money to keep the federal government running past tonight unless Senate Democrats agree to delay President Barack Obama’s health-care law,  a poll shows diminished support for the  movement that supports cuts in taxes...

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Representative Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, left, and Kevin Spacey, actor, converse during the inaugural Kevin Spacey Foundation gala at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., U.S., in this handout photo taken on Sept. 29, 2013. The foundation awards scholarships and grants to budding artists worldwide.

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Representative Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, left, and Kevin Spacey, actor, converse during the inaugural Kevin Spacey Foundation gala at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., U.S., in this handout photo taken on Sept. 29, 2013. The foundation awards scholarships and grants to budding artists worldwide.

Kevin Spacey, Meet Kevin McCarthy: Music for Washington’s Ears

David Rubenstein offered up the healing power of music to “soothe” Washington’s fiscal discord. “Before a shutdown might occur, we’d like to invite all members of Congress to come tomorrow night for a concert,” said the chairman of the Carlyle...

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) speaks to the media after Senate joint caucus meeting, on Capitol Hill, July 15, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) speaks to the media after Senate joint caucus meeting, on Capitol Hill, July 15, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Cornyn: Keep Texas `Red’

Sen. John Cornyn is raising the specter of a Democratic-leaning “blue” Texas as he seeks re-election in the nation’s biggest Republican state. “Texas is now a blue state,” according to a fictitious television news report that kicks off a Cornyn...

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Martha Coakley smiles as she greets patrons inside Morin's Diner in Attleboro, Mass., on Sept. 16, 2013.

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Martha Coakley smiles as she greets patrons inside Morin's Diner in Attleboro, Mass., on Sept. 16, 2013.

Boston Reversal: Coakley Plays Red Sox, Brown Hangs Up Phone

Could Scott Brown and Martha Coakley be switching personalities? Three years ago, Brown, a Republican, charmed deep-blue Massachusetts with his barn jacket and pick-up truck and whalloped Coakley, a Democrat, in a campaign for the U.S. Senate seat held by...

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Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state, left, speaks while her daughter Chelsea Clinton, listens during the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York, on Sept. 26, 2013.

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Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state, left, speaks while her daughter Chelsea Clinton, listens during the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York, on Sept. 26, 2013.

Clinton Documentary Pre-Empted: Producer Says No One’s Talking

Updated at 12:43 pm EDT CNN’s planned documentary about Hillary Clinton which so angered Republican Party leaders that they voted to ban the network from 2016 presidential primary debates has been cancelled, according to the project’s director. In a blog...

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif walks to a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, on Sept. 26, 2013.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif walks to a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, on Sept. 26, 2013.

Zarif’s Facebook Diplomacy Blossoms

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who has added more than 100,000 new fans to his Facebook page in the past week — topping 348,000 — is pressing on with social media diplomacy. His Facebook page contains not only photographs...

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Catheryn Carroll, of Washington DC, berates members of the House Republican caucus while they hold a press conference on the steps of the U.S. Senate on September 29, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Catheryn Carroll, of Washington DC, berates members of the House Republican caucus while they hold a press conference on the steps of the U.S. Senate on September 29, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Countdown to Shutdown: Launched

Updated from 9 am Sept. 30 through 12:10 am Oct. 1 EDT With Margaret Talev reporting from the White House, Laura Litvan from Capitol Hill Midnight arrived without any apparent hope of a compromise in the budget stalemate that brought...

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A view of a hall on Capitol Hill on September 29, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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A view of a hall on Capitol Hill on September 29, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 1.4

That’s how many percentage points could be shaved from fourth-quarter U.S. economic growth in the event of a partial government shutdown, according to some economists. The chances of a government shutdown increased over the weekend after the Republican-led House voted 231-192 on...

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