Shutdown looms as Obama budget talks fail (AFP) – 794th Edition

7 04 2011

US Speaker of the House John Boehner leaves after speaking during a press conference about the budget and a possible shutdown of the US government at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-led US House of Representatives on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown as a deadline looms.(AFP/Saul Loeb)AFP – The United States slipped closer to a government shutdown as President Barack Obama’s latest summit with the top Republican leader failed to cut a deal on spending ahead of a Friday deadline.

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