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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - House Republican
Congress adjourned early Tuesday morning without renewing funding for the federal government and the White House issued orders beginning the grim task of shutting down "nonessential" services across the nation.
The Senate late Friday rejected yet another House Republican proposal to stave off a looming debt crisis, acting just hours after the lower chamber had approved the measure and leaving the path to a deal still in doubt with just days to go before the Tuesday deadline.
President Obama on Tuesday seized on a new debt-reduction plan by a bipartisan group of senators that calls for a mix of entitlement reforms and tax revenues, as the clock winds down to an early August deadline to raise the nation's debt ceiling.