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** FILE ** Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, pauses during a news conference on the ongoing budget battle outside his office on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Report: Boehner to propose short-term debt increase

House Speaker John A. Boehner will ask his fellow Republicans at a Thursday morning meeting to approve a short-term debt increase, the Associated Press reported — a move that would give them time to negotiate a broader deal. Published October 10, 2013

A child looks longingly through the locked gates of the National Zoo in this shutdown photograph posted on the social media site, Reddit.

We're not gonna take it! Americans use 1st Amendment to storm shutdown barriers

Taking their lead from the veterans who first pushed through the barricades to visit the World War II Memorial, Americans nationwide are defying the federal government shutdown, tossing aside traffic cones and toppling wooden fences to get to national parks and other federal lands that the administration has deemed out of bounds. Published October 9, 2013

Sarah Hall Ingram, director of the Affordable Care Act Office at the Internal Revenue Service, told a House committee Wednesday that she was "not conscious of ever sharing 6103 data information at the White House." She said the agency is keeping Obamacare applicants' information private. She also said she had "no recollection" of hearing about IRS targeting of conservatives. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Republicans say Obamacare official leaked IRS data

House Republican investigators Wednesday accused the woman in charge of the IRS' Obamacare compliance office of having leaked private taxpayer information to the White House, saying that calls into question the agency's trustworthiness in administering the new health care reform law. Published October 9, 2013

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. presided as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could lift restrictions on campaign donations to political parties and candidates. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Supreme Court skeptical of campaign finance cap

Supreme Court justices signaled Tuesday that they aren't sold on current campaign finance laws that limit how much Americans can contribute directly to candidates and political parties, as the court met for the first major oral argument of its new term. Published October 8, 2013

United States Park Rangers Josh Clemons, left, and Peter Zahrt close a trail at Mammoth Cave National Park, Ky. Tuesday, Oct., 1, 2013. National Parks across the country are closed due to the federal government shutdown. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Alex Slitz)

Alaska slams feds for keeping hunters off land

Alaska lawmakers accused the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of violating federal law by shutting down hunting on its lands during the government shutdown, saying a 1980 law guarantees state residents must have access to the land. Published October 8, 2013

**FILE** The Supreme Court in Washington is seen June 27, 2012. (Associated Press)

Supreme Court signals skepticism of campaign finance limits

The Supreme Court seemed skeptical Tuesday of the web of campaign finance regulations they and Congress have left in place, as the justices heard a case that legal analysts said could end up erasing one of the remaining campaign finance limits on individuals. Published October 8, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

Lawyer bilked Social Security while representing hundreds of clients

In testimony more befitting a legal thriller than a congressional hearing, Social Security employees told the Senate on Monday of an agency office in West Virginia rife with intimidation, retaliation and corruption — including a successful scheme that allowed a lawyer to bilk more than $4 million in taxpayers' money from the disability system. Published October 7, 2013

Grand Canyon National Park Ranger Jason Morris talks to people on a motorcycle at the closed park entrance on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 in Ariz.  More than 400 national parks are closed as Congress remains deadlocked over federal government funding.  (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)

National Park rangers ordered to keep visitors out of privately run businesses

The National Park Service has closed privately run marinas, restaurants and inns throughout the country and in some cases even posted guards to keep people from using them during the government shutdown, arguing that it doesn't have the money, manpower or authority to let them operate. Published October 6, 2013

House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaking ABC's "This Week" on Sunday said that he will not allow a debt increase without winning some concessions on lowering spending. "We are not going down that path. It is time to deal with America's problems. How can you raise the debt limit and do nothing about the underlying problem?" (Associated Press)

Debt fight to escalate shutdown showdown; Boehner attaches Obamacare strings

Legislative activity has slowed to a crawl on Capitol Hill as both sides have become entrenched on the spending bills and now the looming debt fight, with House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, saying Sunday that he will insist on conditions being attached to any bill to raise the federal borrowing limit. Published October 6, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks to a Republican strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Boehner is struggling between Democrats that control the Senate and GOP conservatives in his caucus who insist any funding legislation must also kill or delay the nation's new health care law. Added pressure came from President Barack Obama who pointedly blamed Boehner on Thursday for keeping federal agencies closed. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House approves retroactive pay for furloughed government workers

Seeking to dent President Obama's refusal to chip away at the government shutdown piece-by-piece, House Republicans passed a bill Saturday to guarantee all federal employees get paid after the government shutdown — including those who have been sent home and aren't on the job. Published October 5, 2013

** FILE ** House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks President Obama. (Associated Press photographs)

Obama backs part of House shutdown strategy

President Obama opposes the House Republican caucus strategy to pass government funding in pieces, but the White House signaled Friday he will sign at least one of those bills — a measure that would ensure federal employees get paid even if they were forced out of work. Published October 4, 2013

Park rangers on Friday were turning away people who want to visit the Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway in an effort to enforce the National Park Service's decision to shut down the private establishment during the government shutdown. A Times reader sent in photos of the rangers blocking the entrance. (Image provided by Sloane Salzman)

Blue Ridge hotel defies Park Service shutdown

Park rangers on Friday were turning away people who want to visit the Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway in an effort to enforce the National Park Service's decision to shut down the private establishment during the government shutdown. Published October 4, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks to a Republican strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Boehner is struggling between Democrats that control the Senate and GOP conservatives in his caucus who insist any funding legislation must also kill or delay the nation's new health care law. Added pressure came from President Barack Obama who pointedly blamed Boehner on Thursday for keeping federal agencies closed. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Boehner: Shutdown 'isn't some damn game'

Republicans on Friday were furious over a Wall Street Journal report that the White House believes it is "winning" the shutdown fight. Published October 4, 2013

**FILE** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., tells reporters that Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Republicans are the obstacle to ending the government shutdown crisis, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. President Barack Obama brought congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday for the first time since a partial government shutdown began, but there was no sign of progress toward ending an impasse that has idled 800,000 federal workers and curbed services around the country. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Reid apologizes for nasty tone on Senate floor

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid delivered a striking mea culpa on the Senate floor Friday as he opened the chamber, saying he and his colleagues have simply gotten too personal and nasty in their floor debates. Published October 4, 2013

Veteran Raul Sanchez and others protests the government shutdown at the San Antonio office of  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Texas is one of the richest beneficiaries of federal spending, with its military bases, Gulf Coast seaports, and nearly 2,000-mile border with Mexico. (Associated Press photographs)

House passes bills to fund safety and security agencies during shutdown

The House on Thursday passed bills to pay National Guard troops and fund Veterans Affairs services during the government shutdown and signaled that it would take up a bill to make sure all federal employees — including those on furlough — eventually get paid. Published October 3, 2013