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Budget Battle

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., left, and House Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn of S.C., gestures while speaking during a news conference on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Republicans and Democrats blamed each other Monday as they took the federal government to the brink of a shutdown in an intractable budget dispute over President Barack Obama's signature health care law. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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