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President Barack Obama speaks during his meeting with Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan in New York September 23, 2013.
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A government shutdown is just over a week away, and for the third year in a row, Republicans in Congress are in a political staring contest with the White House. Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., and the RNC's Sean Spicer discuss.
Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rejects the requests of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to pass the House-passed bill to fund the government, but defund the Affordable Care Act and to require a 60 vote threshold for amendments or changes to the government funding bill.
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Hillary Clinton could benefit from any damage done to the Republican brand by a government shutdown. She's seen here in this Sept. 9, 2013 file photo.
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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Ford Kansas City Stamping Plant Liberty in Liberty, Missouri September 20, 2013.