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Oct 2, 2013

Cancellations, delays ripple across U.S. in government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A string of cancellations and delays caused by the federal government shutdown rippled across the United States on Wednesday, ruining dream vacations, upending carefully laid wedding plans and complicating the lives of millions of people.

From blood drives to daycare programs, musical performances to research projects, the disruptions caused by the political stalemate in Washington sparked growing frustrations and left people scrambling to make alternative plans.

Oct 1, 2013

Federal shutdown hits bitter Virginia governor’s race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government shutdown spilled on Tuesday into the bitter governor’s race in Virginia, where Republican Ken Cuccinelli hopes to avoid political damage from the federal closure powered by his allies in the conservative Tea Party movement.

Cuccinelli, a combative social conservative, and Democrat Terry McAuliffe both tried to gain an advantage on Tuesday by linking their opponent to the stalemate, although analysts said the Republican would be the most vulnerable in a prolonged shutdown.

Oct 1, 2013

U.S. government shuts down; Congress remains deadlocked

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. government partially
shut down for the first time in 17 years on Tuesday as a
standoff between President Barack Obama and congressional
Republicans over healthcare reforms closed many government
offices, museums and national parks and slowed everything from
trade negotiations to medical research.

Federal agencies were directed to cut back services and up
to 1 million workers were put on unpaid leave. The stalemate
sparked new questions about the ability of a deeply divided
Congress to perform its most basic functions.

Oct 1, 2013

U.S. government shutdown starts; Congress deadlock remains

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. government began a
partial shutdown on Tuesday for the first time in 17 years,
potentially putting up to 1 million workers on unpaid leave,
closing national parks and stalling medical research projects.

Federal agencies were directed to cut back services after
lawmakers could not break a political stalemate that sparked new
questions about the ability of a deeply divided Congress to
perform its most basic functions.

Oct 1, 2013

U.S. government shutdown begins after Congress fails to break impasse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government began a partial shutdown on Tuesday for the first time in 17 years, potentially putting up to 1 million workers on unpaid leave, closing national parks and stalling medical research projects.

Federal agencies were directed to cut back services after lawmakers could not break a political stalemate that sparked new questions about the ability of a deeply divided Congress to perform its most basic functions.

Oct 1, 2013

U.S. gov’t shutdown begins after Congress fails to break impasse

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. government began a
partial shutdown on Tuesday for the first time in 17 years,
potentially putting up to 1 million workers on unpaid leave,
closing national parks and stalling medical research projects.

Federal agencies were directed to cut back services after
lawmakers could not break a political stalemate that sparked new
questions about the ability of a deeply divided Congress to
perform its most basic functions.

Sep 9, 2013

Obama makes push on Syria, to examine Russian proposal on chemical weapons

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday turned up the pressure on a skeptical Congress to support U.S. military action in Syria but said it would closely examine a Russian proposal to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control.

U.S. President Barack Obama planned six television interviews on Monday, and was due to visit the Capitol on Tuesday to make his case to lawmakers before making a televised address from the White House in the evening.

Sep 9, 2013

Obama ramps up effort to convince Congress, public on Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama ramped up an intensive lobbying blitz on Monday to convince a skeptical Congress to support U.S. military strikes against Syria, even as lawmakers criticized the administration’s approach and proposed alternative resolutions.

Obama planned six television interviews on Monday evening, and was due to visit the Capitol on Tuesday to speak directly to lawmakers before making a nationally televised address from the White House in the evening.

Sep 8, 2013

Syria’s Assad denies chemical weapons use; U.S. presses case for strike

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied that he was behind a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people, as the White House on Sunday pressed ahead with the uphill effort of persuading Congress to approve a military strike to punish Assad.

The Obama administration faces a crucial test vote set for Wednesday in the U.S. Senate and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough made the rounds of five Sunday talk shows to argue for a resolution authorizing a limited strike on Syria.

Sep 8, 2013

Members of U.S. Congress question White House approach on Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House pressed its case on Sunday for military action in Syria but faced an uphill fight in Congress, where several prominent lawmakers said they have not been persuaded to approve strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

With a crucial test vote planned in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough made the rounds of five Sunday talk shows to argue that a limited strike in response to Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons would send a message of deterrence to regional foes.

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      "John Whitesides has covered U.S. politics, elections and Congress for 13 years, based in Washington. He joined Reuters in Asia, where he worked as an editor and correspondent in Hong Kong."
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