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  1. House Speaker Vows No Deal on Budget or Debt Limit Without Spending Cuts

    Speaker John Boehner took a hard line on the talk shows this Sunday. He insisted that the House did not have the votes to pass a “clean” spending resolution to resolve the shutdown, and demanded cuts to Medicare and Medicaid spending before the debt limit ceiling could be increased ahead of the Oct. 17 deadline. Whether the House has the votes to pass a spending resolution without any conditions attached is hotly contested. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is adamant that not only would it pass, but that as many as 50 to 75 Republicans would vote for it. The ball is in President Obama’s court to start negotiating, says Boehner, and he “knows what my phone number is.”

    Sources: USA Today, NYT, NPR

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