Shutdown day 10.
No signs of a deal right now, but President Obama will meet with top House Republicans today at the White House. There's also growing speculation that the GOP may agree to a short-term deal to raise the debt ceiling to calm increasingly concerned financial markets.
1200EDT -- POTUS & VPOTUS meet with Secy Lew. Oval Office.
1345EDT -- POTUS & VPOTUS meet with the Senate Dem Caucus. State Dining Room.
1635EDT -- POTUS & VPOTUS meet with the House Republican Leadership. Roosevelt Room.
Lots of opportunities to turn sound from live events today.
At 11am both House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Speaker John Boehner are holding dueling news conferences. Should be an interesting side-by-side picture. Both sides are calling the other unreasonable.
1100EDT -- House Minority Ldr Pelosi leads rally to demand "an end to Republican hostage-taking and federal worker lockouts." LIVE
1100EDT -- Speaker Boehner and House GOP Leadership hold a media avail. LIVE / FNC TAPE STAKEOUT
You've also got Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on the Hill today.
...0800EDT -- Treasury Secy Lew testifies at Senate Finance Cmte hearing on "The Debt Limit" and the ramifications of the US defaulting. LIVE
There's growing evidence the shutdown is causing political pain to both sides of the aisle. New Gallup polling finds the lowest-ever approval rating for Congress... pretty remarkable. (Even lower than when the House voted to impeach former President Clinton)
New polls from not only Gallup, but AP, Fox and others may supply the additional pressure needed for some kind of deal. Stay tuned.
Speaking of polling, new AP polls on Obamacare suggest the rollout is not being judged well by Americans. The poll finds 7% of Americans report someone in their household has tried to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. But three-quarters of those folks reported problems, and just 7% say the rollout has gone well.
Strange story out of Libya. Prime Minister Ali Zidan was kidnapped by militants, but has been freed apparently unharmed. It may have to do with the capture of accused terrorist Abu Anas al-Libi. Some in the country accuse Zidan of cooperating with the U.S. in the raid over the weekend.
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