Hopes that a deal could be announced Monday, ending the shutdown of the U.S. government and averting a possible default later in the week, faded over the weekend. Talks continued in the Senate over the weekend, but they appear to have delivered little progress toward a compromise. Republican Sen. Susan Collins led a bipartisan proposal to break the deadlock, but Senate Democratic leaders rejected it because it would have continued through March, past the date when the next round of sequester spending cuts take place.

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