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October 11, 2013


Offer by Republicans Shifts Tone in Stalemate

President Obama and House Republicans "failed to reach agreement on a six-week extension of the nation's borrowing authority during a meeting Thursday at the White House, but the two sides kept talking, and the offer from politically besieged Republicans was seen as an initial step toward ending the budget standoff," the New York Times reports.

"Even before the meeting, the White House and its Democratic allies in Congress were all but declaring victory at the evidence that Republicans -- suffering the most in polls, and pressured by business allies and donors not to provoke a government default -- were seeking a way out of the impasse."

Washington Post: "The developments meant that bipartisan negotiations were suddenly underway on two separate tracks Thursday after weeks of stalemate. Major questions remain, however, about the path ahead."














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