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Politics

Focus shifts to averting government shutdown

GOP talks of moving back March 27 deadline, working on budget

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders, continuing to reject tax hikes, indicated on Sunday that they would like to reopen negotiations for a deal that reduces spending on entitlement programs. But there was no sign the parties were actively trying to reverse the $85 billion in cuts triggered on Friday.

Instead, the next round of negotiations is expected to center on congressional action regarding the federal budget and a broader discussion about an overhaul of the tax code and entitlements.

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