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signs of endgame to shutdown

GOP senators hopeful, but House remains the wildcard

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers sounded more optimistic on Friday than at any point since the 11-day shutdown began that they would soon end it, and that a more dangerous threat of a government default could be averted before Thursday’s deadline.

But they have so far failed to reach consensus on how to end the impasse that has crippled the government and sent Republican poll numbers plummeting — despite warmer feelings, White House meetings, congressional negotiations, and a slew of plans.

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