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WASHINGTON, Oct 2- President Barack Obama rejected Republican entreaties to negotiate over his healthcare law on Wednesday as a condition for their agreement to approve legislation that would end a government shutdown, Democratic leaders said.
WASHINGTON, Oct 2- President Barack Obama met with Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress on Wednesday to try to break a deadlock that has shut down wide swaths of the federal government, but a solution seemed unlikely as both sides dug in for what could be a long stalemate.
WASHINGTON, Oct 2- President Barack Obama and congressional leaders began a meeting at the White House on Wednesday, a White House official said, as they tried to find a way to end a government shutdown.
*Obama cancels overseas visits to Malaysia, Philippines. WASHINGTON, Oct 2- President Barack Obama scaled back a long-planned trip to Asia on Wednesday and planned a meeting with Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress that both sides said was unlikely to yield an end to the government shutdown.
*Obama cancels overseas visits to Malaysia, Philippines. WASHINGTON, Oct 2- 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.
WASHINGTON, Oct 2- President Barack Obama will meet the four top leaders of Congress at the White House on Wednesday to urge lawmakers to reopen the government and raise the U.S. debt ceiling, a White House official said.
WASHINGTON, Sept 30- President Barack Obama placed separate calls to congressional leaders on Monday evening as a midnight deadline for a government shutdown drew closer, a White House official said.
Obama called Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, the official said.
*Senate bill would operate government for six weeks. "Over the next three days, House Republicans will have to decide whether to join the Senate and keep the government open or shut it down because they can't get their way on an issue that has nothing to do with the deficit," Obama said in a statement to reporters at the White House.
*Senate passes bill to operate government for six weeks. As expected, the Senate passed a straight-forward emergency-funding measure to keep the government running through. bring a week-long Senate debate to a close, in the end, no Republicans voted to pass the bill.
*Weekend sessions of Congress set. WASHINGTON, Sept 27- The U.S. government braced on Friday for the possibility of a partial shutdown of operations on Oct. 1 as Congress struggled to pass an emergency spending bill that Republicans want to use to achieve Tea Party- backed goals, such as defunding the new healthcare reform law.
*Democratic-led Senate gets ready for showdown votes. WASHINGTON, Sept 22- Key Democrats and Republicans said on Sunday that they expect a bitterly divided Congress to somehow come together and avert a U.S. government shutdown in eight days.
NEW YORK, Sept 21- George Soros, the 83- year-old billionaire investor, philanthropist and supporter of liberal political causes, married for a third time on Saturday, tying the knot with education consultant Tamiko Bolton.
WASHINGTON, Sept 20- A familiar Washington melodrama- will they or won't they shut down the government- took center stage on Friday when the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill to fund the government but only if President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law is ransacked.
WASHINGTON, Sept 19- President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner are gripped in another budget battle, but so far the two are shouting at each other from a distance instead of sitting down and negotiating as crucial deadlines rapidly approach.
WASHINGTON, Sept 19- The Republican-run U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut spending on food stamps for the poor by $40 billion over 10 years on Thursday, defying a veto threat from the White House in the name of fiscal reform.
WASHINGTON, Sept 19- Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday plowed ahead with a bill to gut President Barack Obama's healthcare law while temporarily funding other government programs, ignoring a warning from the White House that the measure would be vetoed.
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WASHINGTON, Sept 18- Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday said revelations about U.S. government surveillance hurt users' trust in Internet companies and that knowing more about the programs would help relieve some of the public concerns.
*White House opposed June proposal for cuts. WASHINGTON, Sept 17- Food-stamp defenders appealed for two dozen Republican defectors to help kill their party's proposed $40 billion cut in the main U.S. antihunger program as a close vote nears later this week in the House of Representatives.