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Mike Lauriente (right) of Howard County, Md., greets fellow World War II veteran Dale Nakken, who flew from Puget Sound, Wash., as they make their way to the World War II Memorial for the Million Vet March against the closure of the monument. Story, A12. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Lots of talk, little action on debt deal in Congress

Congress spent the weekend insisting that it will reach a deal to raise the federal government's borrowing limit by Thursday but making scant progress even as all sides tried to reassure itchy financial markets ahead of the stock market opening Monday. Published October 13, 2013

Visitors to Zion National Park take in the sights after the park opened on a limited basis Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 near Springdale, Utah.  Earlier Thursday, the Obama administration said it would allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks after a handful of governors made the request. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he reached an agreement to pay $166,000 a day to the Interior Department to open Utah's five national parks, while Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she'd consider paying for a partial reopening of Grand Canyon National Park.  (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson)  DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; MAGS OUT

Grand Canyon to reopen despite shutdown

Arizona and the federal Interior Department agreed Friday to reopen Grand Canyon National Park for at least a week, with the state ponying up $651,000 to fund the National Park Service's operations in the midst of the government shutdown. Published October 11, 2013

**FILE** A view of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah is seen here on April 27, 2002. (Associated Press)

Utah, Colo. parks to reopen amid shutdown; Arizona still waiting

Utah has agreed to pay the federal government $1.7 million to open up eight national parks during the government shutdown, and the National Park Service officials said they would consider similar agreements with other states — but were apparently "dragging their feet" with Arizona. Published October 11, 2013

Tucson Police Department officers use pepper spray to force protesters back onto the sidewalk Tuedsday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Tucson, Ariz.  Tucson police used pepper spray to help disperse some of the more than 100 people protesting the detention of two immigrants who had been detained after a traffic stop.   (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Perla Trevizo)  ALL LOCAL TV OUT; PAC-12 OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Activists block buses, shut down immigration court in Tucson

Immigrant-rights activists said Friday morning they are blocking buses in Tucson, Ariz., filled with illegal immigrants who are on their way to be being sentenced to jail and then processed for deportation. Published October 11, 2013

** FILE ** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Reid says House debt offer won't work

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday that the six-week debt limit holiday House Republicans proposed is bad policy that would mean the government would be right back in the same situation soon. Published October 11, 2013

Michael Chertoff, a former Homeland Security secretary, says if more immigrants were granted deferred action, it doesn't solve the problem for businesses that would have to decide whether to hire them and could halt momentum toward a full legalization solution. (associated press photographs)

Obama urged not to expand nondeportation policy for immigrants

A bipartisan group of immigration reform advocates urged President Obama on Thursday not to use executive action to expand his Dream Act nondeportation policy to all illegal immigrants, saying it would not only be potentially illegal but could ruin the chances for a big bill to pass Congress. Published October 10, 2013

** 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