TALKS GO ON: President Barack Obama and Republicans in the House of Representatives are exploring whether they can end a budget standoff that has triggered a partial government shutdown and put Washington on the verge of an economy-jarring federal default.
PROGRESS: The two sides continued discussions into the night Thursday. No agreement was reported and plenty of hurdles remained, but both sides cast an earlier meeting at the White House positively as, for the first time, hopes emerged that a resolution might be attainable, even if only a temporary one.
NEXT STEPS: Obama planned a late morning White House meeting Friday with Republican senators, who said they would present their own options for ending the shutdown and debt limit standoff.
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