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President Barack Obama has said he will not negotiate with Republicans on their demands, and yet he is hosting Speaker John Boehner and congressional leaders at the White House Wednesday to discuss the shutdown and looming debt ceiling debate.
"I expect him to have one demand today when he sits down with Republican leadership, which is to say put a funding bill on the floor, a clean funding bill, to fund the government for the next two months," said Democratic strategist and former spokesman for the Obama campaign Ben LeBolt.
The death of author Tom Clancy marked the death of a literary giant of this time.
The former insurance salesman was too near-sighted for a military career. But his vision of Cold War tensions, military intrigue, hardware and tactics, and the wars on drugs and terror were so focused, so fastidious, even top Pentagon brass wondered if they were reading fact or fiction.
The stories were fiction, but also like thrilling training manuals on steroids. Clancy's 17 New York Times bestsellers are tough to put down, inspired blockbuster movies that are tough to turn off, and video games that beg to be played over and over again.
Clancy's novels were beloved by the U.S. military and other readers, because they helped change a media narrative.
CNN's Jake Tapper reports.
They came from Missouri and Illinois, approximately 200 veterans, mostly of World War II, a few from Korea.
And while they had heard the World War II Memorial might be closed because of the partial government shutdown, for men who had stormed the beaches at Normandy and fought in the Pacific, a few Park Service barricades were not going to be a problem.
Not for guys like Robert White, who fought the Japanese while a Marine.
"I'm a Marine, we would have got in here one way or the other," White said with a laugh.
Call it a government shutdown, slim down, or showdown, the one thing you can't call it is cheap.
This Washington gridlock is costing Americans – even those unaffected by the furloughs and closures – every single day.
CNN's Tom Foreman breaks down the costs.
CNN's Joe Johns heads to Speaker of House John Boehner's backyard, Cincinnati, Ohio, to hear what his constituents think of this government standoff.