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Government Shutdown Continues, Debt Ceiling Deadline Looms (LATEST UPDATES)

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 09:  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) walks through Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol, October 9, 2
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 09: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) walks through Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol, October 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. The U.S. government shutdown is entering its ninth day as the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives remain gridlocked on funding the federal government. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The government shutdown continued Thursday as President Barack Obama and congressional leaders remained at odds in the ongoing budget standoff.

The Associated Press reports:

President Barack Obama is hosting top House Republicans to seek an opening in an impasse that has shuttered much of the government and threatens a catastrophic federal default.

The White House meeting, set for Thursday, comes as House GOP leaders are contemplating advancing a short-term debt limit increase designed to calm jittery stock and bond markets and allow more time to untie the knot that has the government partially shut down for a 10th day and facing a first-ever default between Oct. 17 and the end of the month.

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Below, the latest updates on the shutdown:

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