WASHINGTON - The US government was poised for its first partial shutdown in 17 years at 11am Thailand time Tuesday, after a weekend with no signs of negotiations or compromise from the Congress or the White House.
UPDATE: Early Tuesday Thailand time (Monday night in Washington), President Obama, stepped before TV news cameras to urge an end to the standoff. He then placed telephone calls to to Republican House Speaker John Boehner, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. But there was no breakthrough, a White House official said, and a shutdown appeared likely.
Republicans and Democrats say they don't want to close the government, though neither side is budging from their positions.
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