Budget talks are deadlocked; deadline for government shutdown nears

President Barack Obama offered a glimmer of hope that a government shutdown can be avoided, but he stopped short of expressing optimism. "We made some additional progress this evening," he said after a second round of negotiations at the White House with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. The government's spending authority will expire at midnight today.

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