Government Shutdown

Obama To Meet With GOP Senators at White House To Discuss Fiscal Stalemate

Second week of shutdown

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President Obama is hosting Senate Republicans at the White House on Friday in an effort to build on the first signs of bipartisan progress over how to deal with next week's debt-ceiling deadline and the 11-day-old federal government shutdown.

Talks between Obama and House Republicans on Thursday about a GOP-backed plan to lift the federal borrowing limit through late November raised hopes that Washington would avert its first default on the national debt.