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October 10, 2013

Obama invites Republicans to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) —President Barack Obama is inviting Republican lawmakers to the White House in the coming days as pressure builds on both sides to resolve their deadlock over the federal debt limit and the partial government shutdown.

With the shutdown in its ninth day Wednesday and a potential economy-shaking federal default edging ever closer, a new poll indicated Republicans could pay a political price for Washington’s fiscal paralysis.

But amid the tough talk, Obama invited all 232 House Republican lawmakers to come to the executive mansion on Thursday. Republicans said only 18 would attend, including their leaders and some committee chairmen.

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