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republicans get the worst marks. >> d.c. iconic landmarks will be off limits to visitors with the government shutdown. several monuments include lincoln, the jefferson, and the martin luther king jr.. would be turning off the fountains at those memorials that have water features like the world war ii and the fdr memorials. , fore shutdown does occur four hours they will officially shut down the monument before being closed themselves. >> in addition to that, hundreds of thousands of government workers would be furloughed if the government shuts down tonight at midnight. they make up a huge part of our local community.
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our team coverage continues tonight, live in arlington. >> i want to be very clear about what the shutdown would mean. open, and whatin would not. with regard to operations that are onntinue, if you social security, you will keep receiving your checks. if you are on medicare, your doctors will still see you. everyone's mail will still be delivered, and government operations related to national security or public safety will go on. our troops will continue to serve with skill, honor, and courage. it controllers, prison patrol willborder remain on their posts. paychecks will be delayed until the government reopens. nasa will shut down almost entirely but mission control will remain open to support the
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astronaut serving on the space station. i want to be very clear about what will change. office buildings will close. ,aychecks will be delayed business hours would see delays capital's, infrastructure improvements or rebuilding after hurricane sandy. veterans who have sacrificed for their country will find their support centers unstaffed. national parks and monuments from yosemite to smithsonian will be close. communities and small businesses that rely on these national treasures for their livelihoods will be out of customers. theeeping with
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ramifications of the shutdown, i think it is important that everybody understands the federal government is america's largest employer. more than 2 million civilian million military serve in all 50 states and all around the world. a event of a government shutdown, hundreds of thousands of these public servants that stay on the job would do so without pay, and several hundred thousand more would be immediately and indefinitely furloughed without pay. the bills they have to pay, the mortgages, car notes, those americans are are neighbors, their kids go to our schools, they worship where we do, they served their country with pride. they are the customers at every business in this country. they would be hurt greatly and as a consequence, all of us
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would be hurt greatly, should congress choose to shut the people's government down. a shutdown will have a very real economic impact on real people, right away. have disrupted the economy significantly. it will throw a wrench into our economy at a time when it is beginning to gain traction. as of right now, our economy is in meltdown. there are businesses that have created 7.5 million new jobs in the past years. our deficits are falling fast. we are putting the american people's hard-earned progress at risk at the height of response ability, and it doesn't have to happen. let me repeat this. it does not have to happen. all of this is entirely
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preventable, if the house chooses to do what the senate has already done, and that is the simple act of funding our government without making extraneous or controversial demands in the process, the same way other congresses have for more than 200 years. right now, house republicans continue to tie funding of the government to ideological demands like limiting a woman's access to contraception, all to save face after making some impossible promises to the of the party. let me be clear about this. the affordable care act is ising forward, the funding already in place. you cannot shut it down. it is a law that passed both
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houses of congress, a law that bears my signature, allow that the supreme court upheld as constitutional, a law that voters chose not to repeal last november, a law that is already providing benefits to millions of americans in the form of young people staying on their parents plan until they are 26, cheaper prescription drugs for seniors, making sure that --urance companies are not providing rebates for consumers when insurance companies are spending too much money on overhead instead of health care those things are already happening. starting tomorrow, tens of millions of americans will be ealthcare.gov to shop for affordable health care coverage. send --ess could americans who have been priced out of the market just because
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they have been sick once will finally be able to afford coverage, manyty of them for the first time in their lives. someone may be sick as we speak, and this is their best opportunity to get some security and some relief. tens of thousands of americans die every single year because they don't have access to affordable health care. despite this, republicans have they want to keep americans out of affordable health care for one more year, to sacrifice the health care of millions of americans, then they will fund the government for a couple more months. do they believe we will not have this fight again in a couple more months? ?ven at christmas here is the bottom line.
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willing to listen to either party to make sure the affordable care act works better, to make sure our government works better. i am always willing to work with anyone to grow our economy faster, or to create new jobs faster, to get our fiscal house in order for the long haul. i have said this time and time again, oftentimes to the consternation of my own party. party in onef one house of congress, in one branch of government, doesn't get to shut down the entire government justified the results of an election. keeping the people's government open is not a concession to me. keeping vital services running and hundreds of thousands of americans on the job is not something you give to the other side. responsibility,
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something we are doing for our military and our businesses and our economy, and all the hard- theing people out there, person working for the cultural department out in some rule community who is out there helping some farmers make sure they are making some modest profit for all the hard work they put in. helping someone by house for the first time. someone who is counseling one of our vets who has ptsd. that is who we are here to serve. supposed towe are be carrying out these responsibilities. that is why we should be avoiding this kind of constant brinksmanship. it is something that we do in the ordinary process of this
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extraordinary system of government that we have. you don't get to extract a ransom for doing your job, for doing what you are supposed to be doing anyway. or if there is a law there that you don't like. we're here to make sure we're doing everything we can to make their lives a little better, to create new jobs, to restore economic security, to preserve the prospect of upward mobility. that is what they expect. they understand there are difficulties in doing this, and there will be tough fights around those issues. i respect the fact that the other party is not going to agree with me 100% of the time, just like i don't agree with them. but i do also expect that we don't bring the entire government to a halt or the entire economy to a halt just
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because of those differences. we have worked too hard for too long to recover from previous crises just to have folks here in washington manufactured yet another one. congress needs to keep our government open, needs to pay our bills on time, and if in the full faith and credit of the united states of america, and time is running out. my hope and expectation is that in the 11th hour that congress will do the right thing, and the house members in particular, will choose the right thing. thank you very much. president obama there from the white house press briefing that thein saying shutdown that everyone has been talking about possibly happening does not have to happen, if the house should choose to do what the senate has already done, and
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he hopes that some sort of 11th hour deal will be reached to avoid a government shutdown. >> he did not sing that optimistic about that happening, as he talked pacific lee about all the active and civilian workers that it would affect, hundreds of thousands that would not be paid. it affects a lot of people right here in our area. >> hearing crystal city, these office buildings are filled with federal government workers and contractors, now preparing for shutdown which looks more and more likely. if you asked these workers, they will tell you that the behavior of this congress is shameful. on a sunny day in d.c., the feeling among federal workers is gloomy and gray. >> if they don't reach an agreement, i will not be paid. program manager from chantilly says the feeling in the office today only gets worse as the stalemate between politicians continues right up
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the street. agendas,ave their own and mean all, people like us are suffering. 800,000 federal workers will feel the impact of a shutdown. so-called essential employees, military personnel, food inspectors, would continue working during the shutdown, but nonessential employees, service workers, landscapers, museum staff, would face furloughs. >> this professor says as congress jumps from crisis to shutdown,w the federal workers become more and more disillusioned. >> the politics is terribly frustrating, because when you consider this as a professional, you wish the politics were out of it. >> a contractor who commutes to d.c. from virginia beach is not holding back. >> i think the inability of our government to compromise is a .unch of bs
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>> a sentiment we heard a lot today in washington. most of the federal workers we spoke with today said if the shutdown does happen, it would probably last up to two weeks. they hope that it ends quickly. >> jeff, thank you. allill continue to follow the developments from capitol hill as the bitter back-and- forth between the health and house goes on -- between and senate goes on. coming up at 5:30, how business owners in and around the district will also be impacted. tonight,er news residents say something has to be done to protect pedestrians. today a woman and her two-year- old son were struck. live from the intersection of 26 and p street northwest, stephen, what is going on there?
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>> the woman must reckon that intersection right behind me in that crosswalk. struck inhe woman was that intersection. people are concerned because there have been two incidents on this stretch of p street in just the past couple of weeks. say the car struck the woman as she carried her son across the street. up the baby to pick and her and the baby went through the windshield. see them,d she didn't even though they were in the middle of the crosswalk. she wondered how the woman could miss her. >> witnesses say the car kept rolling forward, even after the driver struck the woman am a identified by witnesses as cathy her little boy. witnesses say the driver continued to roll forward even after hitting alter and her little boy. they say the car finally came to
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a stop just inches from her. >> her windshield is broken. >> alter and the little boy were kerley coming from the nearby park. >> they need to have a light here. everyone that drives here. >> just days ago, someone crossing at an intersection blocks from here was also struck and injured. >> people just blow through the stop signs. i see it every day. >> the mother and child were rushed to the hospital. butneeded follow-up care, the little boy apparently escaped injury. >> thank god the child was fine. who saw the accident say it is amazing that little boyer nor the suffered more serious injury.
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>> maryland state police say that a suspected hit-and-run driver is facing numerous charges. this was the scene override bill pike this morning. ofice say joseph haggart baltimore crashed his chevy into two vehicles on the beltway and then just kept going. no one was hurt, but police say haggart was impaired while driving. wrecks the search is on for a group of men committing robberies in the district and the weapon of choice is a stun gun. surveillance video was released over the weekend. bese same men could responsible for two more stun gun robberies yesterday. the details on the latest crimes. , scary crime wave wave, has residents on edge. one happened in this alley behind me. are counting seven stun gun robberies in just seven days. it can temporarily disable a
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person with an electric shock. the weapon wasd used in two robberies over the last 24 hours. >> i was here with my wife and my six-year-old. >> the first attack was yesterday morning at 5 a.m.. a newspaper delivery man was attacked with a stun gun. the rhymeson was near seen on tennessee avenue. police say the man threatened the delivery man with a stun gun but he gave up his car keys and they stole the car. >> giving up a car is better than putting your life at risk. >> a man was shocked with a stun gun by a group of men. the victim was hit from behind without warning. >> it happened right outside my door, so it is a scary thing.
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>> detectives released this video of the men they believe are responsible for shocking at least four victims into submission, beating them up and robbing them. the real questions need to be answered. >> the thing is, it could be --hal for people who have >> we're being told the detectives are working hard to connect the dots and determine if it is indeed the same group of men. if you have any information, you are asked to call d.c. police. there.ty scary stuff let's turn to something not scary, at least for us, the weather has been great around here. but torrential rains are hammering the pacific northwest. this morning a small tornado may have touchdown near seattle. thisinds tore the roof off boeing plant you see here.
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the rains triggered massive flooding. dozens of homes in the region have been damaged. makes us realize how lucky we are right now. >> we have not had rain now for over a week. >> more crunchy grass. >> we need some water to help brighten things up. outside we go right now on this monday. we will take a look at the pollen count, right now in the andrate category for weed mold. grass and trees, no problem at all. look for the mold count to increase a little bit once we get some rain. maryland,o western garrett, allegheny, and washington counties, closer to
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d.c. inside the beltway, perhaps another three or four weeks. peak coal or changes on the way, and a little bit of rain will help prolong the system. 76 this hour on our weatherbug network in silver spring. they had a morning low of 51. bring phil virginia now at 72 after a morning low of 50. d.c. in northwest temperatures across the board quite comfortable as we move through the evening hours. 75 at winchester, southern maryland now at 72 degrees. , thereessure overhead isn't not a tremendous amount of difference in temperatures. pittsburgh, so your -- 74.
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high-pressure just to the north keeping the wind generally out of the east. it will eventually shift more out of the south and southwest. that is going to warm us up back to the lower 80's, about 10 degrees above average for this time of year. we are sandwiched in between two systems. showers associated with this at this time yesterday, now fizzling out and as it moves closer to our area, it will not amount to anything at all. well off the coast there is an area of low pressure that continues to move off to the north. no impact on the delmarva beaches. it will be dry out here for at least the next three or four days. as we moved to the next 48 hours, we will see a mix of allowance for the overnight hours. this particular model shows daytime highs in the middle 70's. as we movermer day
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into wednesday with high temperatures around 80-85 degrees, lots of sunshine and maybe a bit more humidity out there. so changes are on the way, but all good things must come to an end. we will look for the cooler and drier air to arrive sometime this weekend. the timing of the cold front is what will influence us in terms of how much rain we received for the upcoming weekend. southeast ande four tomorrow, a good deal of sunshine, upper 70's to lower 80's. in the extended outlook, we show temperatures above average. a lot of questions for the upcoming weekend. right now we have 78 on sunday, 70 on monday. we don't know
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>> a number of new laws go into effect tomorrow in maryland, including a ban on synthetic marijuana. quick starting tomorrow, it must be off maryland store shelves. >> several maryland lawmakers are gathered here earlier today to highlight the new law that makes synthetic marijuana
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illegal. themusers say it does give a feeling as if they are high on the real thing. >> the last time, i didn't like it. i had a really bad experience. teenagerockland experience what it is like to ice as it isk2 or sp known as. [indiscernible] and sprayedf herbs with chemicals, the synthetic marijuana has been sold legally for years, but a law tomorrow criminalizes possession of the synthetic drug. lawnents of the new gathered at the montgomery county council office today. her brother died after they both used the drug.
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>> using it even once can make , it can makelode you not ever able to see the people you care about most ever again. this group of friends is happy that it will not be around for others to get their hands on again. >> it is chemicals, it is harsh. >> it is also illegal in the district as well as virginia. a lot of young people we talked to said it was the only legal thing around. come midnight, that is not going to be the case. kendis gibson, abc 7 news. title theup, the new high tech company now owns. >> we now know the cause of the fire on the bay bridge over the weekend.
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>> you are watching abc 7 news at 5:00, on your side.
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>> the president is standing his ground on health care, and it seems like the republicans are, too. >> sam ford has more on the d.c. impact tonight. >> 17 years ago when the federal government shutdown, d.c. was essentially being run by the timeal government -- this d.c. is in good economic shape, so it may not happen that way, but it will certainly still have a big impact on the city. shutdown is about federal workers but it affects many others. the tourism and hospitality industries, which are huge in washington, are bracing for a sudden drop in income. it includes a commercial strip southeastvania avenue that caters to capitol hill. >> nobody is here, and no one is going to come in for lunch and dinner and drank wine.
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>> mayor vincent gray said he is determined to keep the city open , if necessary, digging into his contingency cash fund. >> we have a little over two weeks of cash to be able to support the government, so right is theposition government is open. >> the hotel industry says members are getting nervous. >> it's definitely going to affect us. we definitely partner with the sin sony and -- with sony and. -- with like a snow day the smithsonian. soon as this becomes a week or two weeks or three weeks, you don't recover. time, it started on december 15 and ended on january 4 of 1996. essentially it happened during
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christmas, when a lot of people were off of work anyway. obviously this time, it will be a lot different. sam ford, abc 7 news. >> six hours and counting. we will continue to follow to developments from capitol hill.
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>> the transportation security administration, take a look at this big stash of fake ids and bank cards that was confiscated. the documents were turned over to northern transportation police. the investigation is ongoing, but both men were cited on charges. >> investigators say a power generator under the act of the chesapeake bay bridge is what is to blame for sparking that huge fire that broke out sunday night . backed up westbound traffic for about two hours. traffic is now back to normal, but emergency services officials
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say the generator was in a construction zone. workers were not present when the fire started. grandmother in's up locked up over a laptop she says she returned years ago. we will explain why she is facing felony charges, coming up.
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>> it is being called one of the best television drama series of breakings, and now " bad" is over. >> i feel bad, i have never seen an episode. >> i love it. joins "the sopranos" as one of the greatest tv shows. an audience of 10 million tuned in to the finale of the series of a good man who turned bad because it makes him feel alive. >> we are not ramping down.
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we are just getting started. >> "breaking bad" started small with bryan cranston as walter white, a financially struggling chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer. needing money for treatment and his family, he uses his chemistry skill to hook met -- and meth, making millions transforming from milquetoast to mobster. each episode appeared to seal his doom, but he always prevailed. now sets the bar for television drama. james gandolfini created one of his best roles in "enough said." dates julia louis try office, not knowing that she knows his
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ex-wife. >> the audience for "breaking bad" doubled between seasons four and five, and then 10 million last night. spinoff starring the guy who plays the sleazy longer. title is called 'solved" this is one of those shows we will think about for a decade or so. next, coca-cola, the most valuable brand in the world.
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>> the most valuable brand in the world has changed for the first time in 13 years.
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apple has not coca-cola out of the top spot. apple has an estimated value of $98 million. it is up 28% from last year. coca-cola held the spot or 13 years and is now at number three, after google. ibm and microsoft round out the top five. >> one of my favorite brands is the jj brand. jackie has been away recuperating over the past several weeks after some major surgery, but she was back on the air this morning. >> she decided to undergo a preventive double mastectomy. she has an extensive amalie history of breast cancer, her mother, grandmother, sister, and two aunts all have had it. even though she does not have the gene, she and her husband learned that surgery would reduce the chance of getting that cancer.
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decision, justd because i think the risk it, but i realized the surgery is most likely inevitable for me eventually, and i would rather do it now while i am healthy and strong and have good health insurance dan at a later date that would be not as much of my choosing. need toe said women know that they have options and can take charge of their lives. we will have more on jackie's life-changing decision and her journey, coming up tomorrow on "good morning washington." we are good right here at abc 7 now. quick saving some lives in the process, i'll bet. nice going, jackie. let's check on the weather. not much to complain about their peewee >> not at all. a big welcome back to jackie.
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we are glad to have her back. -- not much to complain about there. a little cooler off to the west of us. we moved through the overnight hours and art temperatures down into the 50's under partly cloudy skies. overhead, and for the next several days, a cold front just off to the west of us has pretty much fizzled out at this point. here is the futurecast as we move through the next 48 hours. high temperatures will make it to the 80 degree range. a little warmer on wednesday and we will feel that for the rest of the upcoming work and school week, but some changes are definitely on the way. tomorrow,sunshine highs around 80 degrees. the extending outlook for the upcoming weekend, the best chance for some showers and
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cooler, drier air for next week. there you have it, enjoy the nice weather while you can. >> another star will say goodbye tonight on "dancing with the stars." the second celebrity will say goodbye. 8:00, followed by an all new "castle." >> dancing with the stars out on the field. still will not get a chance to build much momentum off their win, because now they go directly into the buy week. the problems don't seem nearly as bad in washington on a monday following the win. for mike shanahan and the redskins, finally, a good
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problem to deal with on the monday after. >> you talk about the things you could have done to put the game away much earlier. >> the red ken's art digesting a win that looked unlikely after they trailed the raiders early on. -- the redskins are digesting the win. they got back in it, thanks to the defense. this interception turned touchdown swung the momentum in favor.kins' >> it was a positive thing for the team and for the game and for emerson. >> from there, it was all redskins, who scored with four unanswered points. the redskins were winless no more. now the redskins hit the bye week, and instead of being in the nfc basement, they are right
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in that they cut wings, with a potential matchup for first weeks coming in two weeks at dallas. >> we will just stay the course. understand the objective and try to get better each day. >> he is right, you don't want to get carried away. first-place dallas only has two wins. cowboys and redskins in two weeks. it is a big game early in the season. they were on life support. now the red ken's have climbed
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>> a traffic stop for not wearing a seatbelt turned into a trip to jail for west virginia grandmother. >> the grandmother e-mailed 7 on your side. >> failure to fasten clearly had
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nothing to do with it. instead, it was all about a piece of electronics that caroline marques said she had returned and did not think about it again until she wound up in handcuffs last week, facing a felony charge. it gets me upset. >> this west virginia grandmother got pulled over for not wearing a seat elbe and ended up with a mug shot and spent the night in jail because of a felony warrant dating back to february 2012. >> she said i was a fugitive, and i said a fugitive from what eco >> as it turns out, a laptop computer like this one. she had leased it in winchester in 2011. the warrant claims she failed to return it, but her receipt says she did, return it in working conditions. she has met the qualifications for us, we can drop the charges. >> marcus says no one ever told her about the warrant.
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>> the paperwork say she returned it in working condition, and the other paperwork says you are charged with a felony. how do you make sense of that? >> i don't. >> because of that felony count, her lawyer put her on unpaid leave, giving her 30 days to sort it all out. >> i've got it pretty much down to where i am surviving to where i can live from one paycheck to the next, and now that's not going to happen for a while. survive. to >> within hours of us notifying situation, the corporate office called carolyn offering to send a letter to her boss saying they intend to drop the charges. at the felony charges cannot be dropped until she comes back to court here in winchester, october 21. acknowledges and outgoing employee failed to
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return the proper people about the laptop being returned. it is looking like a happy ending as the company says it is working with marcus to clear this all up. >> thank you very much. 6:00 --w at >> that's not going to happen. keeping bottle service is up and hundreds of thousands of americans on the job is not something you give to the other side. >> the battle lines have been drawn as the government approaches its first shutdown and more than 17 years. >> live, from the abc 7 broadcasting group, this is abc 7 news at 6:00, on your side. >> the clock is ticking, with just six hours left until the government begins to shut down. showingneither side are
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signs of backing down. house speaker john boehner said the house will vote again tonight on a continuing resolution that will include provisions to strip away parts of the affordable care act. >> that comes after the senate voted again to keep the government running while still finding the president's signature health care legislation. >> the president reiterated that the health care law will go forward. >> still a lot of back-and-forth between the white house and congress. house speaker boehner trying one more time for a continuing resolution to keep the government running. but time is running out. all those dire headlines, as the shutdown showdown continues. learn to they would grow up and behave like responsible adults. measure,use rejected a a nonstarter for the white house.

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