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White House press secretary Jay Carney prepares to answers questions during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct., 1, 2013. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a protracted dispute over Obama's signature health care law reached a boiling point, forcing some 800,000 federal workers off the job. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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