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President Barack Obama pauses while speaking during a news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8, 2013.

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President Barack Obama pauses while speaking during a news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8, 2013.

Shutdown Journal: Day 10

Updated at 10:05 through 6:53 pm EDT President Barack Obama neither accepted nor rejected the House Republicans’ plan to increase the debt limit short-term and end the government shutdown as the two sides entered further talks tonight, Bloomberg’s Roxana Tiron,...

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A Lockheed Martin Corp. Fury unmanned aircraft system (UAS) hangs above the exhibition floor at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) unmanned systems conference in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 13, 2013.

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A Lockheed Martin Corp. Fury unmanned aircraft system (UAS) hangs above the exhibition floor at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) unmanned systems conference in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 13, 2013.

Defense Industry Furloughs Workers as Asking Gov’t to Reopen

The defense industry, which gave 60 percent of its contributions to Republicans in the 2012 elections, is furloughing workers as the partial government shutdown continues. “Shutting down the government has been a tragic mistake,” said Marion Blakey, president and CEO...

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Amie Brown, bottom, of Chesapeake Beach, MD carries a box containing two plants and a pair of shoes she will carry on the commuter bus.  She doesn't know when she will return to the office.

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Amie Brown, bottom, of Chesapeake Beach, MD carries a box containing two plants and a pair of shoes she will carry on the commuter bus. She doesn't know when she will return to the office.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 800,000

That’s about how many federal civilian workers are affected by a partial government shutdown. That’s more than one-third of a federal civilian government workforce that exceeds 2 million people. “Exceptions include jobs not subject to annual appropriations or those deemed...

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Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before the House Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill on April 18, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before the House Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill on April 18, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Holder vs. Wolf: Furlough-Free, not Fight-Free

The good news today for Justice Department employees? Lawmakers and Attorney General Eric Holder have agreed on a plan to avoid furloughs for the remainder of the fiscal year. The bad news? Holder and one of the most powerful of...

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Attorney General Eric Holder in Washington, DC.

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Attorney General Eric Holder in Washington, DC.

Holder Willing to Hold Pay, if Needed

Attorney General Eric Holder looks like he’s ready to follow President Barack Obama’s lead on sequestration. Holder, in an interview today on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, said the president did the right thing when he announced yesterday that he...

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A protester during a demonstration by federal employees outside the Department of Labor, with the Capitol in the background, in Washington, D.C., on March 20, 2013.

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A protester during a demonstration by federal employees outside the Department of Labor, with the Capitol in the background, in Washington, D.C., on March 20, 2013.

Union to Pentagon: Stop Throwing Us Crumbs

The head of a union representing government workers is upset that the Pentagon is planning to furlough employees for 14 days while continuing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on contracts with private firms. The unpaid leave for the...

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