House session abrubtly ended.
Shots fired in front of the capital. The capital is on lockdown.
Sahil Kapur – October 3, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) wrote a strategy memo to House Republicans on Thursday assuring them that Democrats will eventually back down and agree to additional concessions to reopen the shuttered government.
The federal government shutdown means payments related to publicly funded health programs will cease until further notice, city health-care finance officials said Thursday.
By Josh Israel on October 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm
‘Listen,’ [Rep. Greg] Walden told them, ‘We have to do this because of the Tea Party. If we don’t, these guys are going to get primaried and they are going to lose their primary.’
By ASHLEY PARKER and ANNIE LOWREY Published: October 3, 2013
[An anonymous lawmaker, speaking for House Speaker John Boehner said] Boehner had said he would be willing to violate the so-called Hastert Rule if necessary to pass a debt limit increase. The informal rule refers to a policy of not bringing to the floor any measure that does not have a majority of Republican votes.
Washington (AFP) – The political crisis gripping Washington could trigger a “catastrophic” U.S. debt default, the Treasury warned Thursday, as America limped into day three of a government shutdown.