Shutdown showdown

The U.S. government has been partially shut down for 16 days. Thursday is the deadline, according to the Treasury Department, when the government might run out of money to pay its bills unless the debt limit is raised.

These two big
crises have been casting a shadow over Washington for weeks. But finally, an end appears to be near.

For the latest on what's happening, and who is saying what in Washington, check out the live blog below.

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