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Politics

Obama exhorts leaders to halt shutdown

WASHINGTON — President Obama summoned top congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday, but despite his stern warnings about the need to halt the government shutdown and prevent a potentially catastrophic debt default in two weeks, the meeting provided little hope for a quick solution.

Coming two days after much of the government ceased operating, it was the first time in more than three months that Obama and the top four Capitol Hill leaders had even been in the same room, illustrating just how polarized the nation’s leaders have become. But after nearly 90 minutes in the Oval Office, both sides emerged with positions unchanged and the government heading into its third day of shutdown.

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