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U.S. President Obama delivers remarks on the government funding impasse at a local small business in Maryland...U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the government funding impasse at M. Luis Construction, a local small business in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, October 3, 2013. Obama travelled to the business to highlight the impacts that a government shutdown and default would have on the economy. The U.S. government shutdown entered its third day on Thursday with little sign of compromise between Republicans and Democrats and concerns grew about the economic consequences of a prolonged stalemate.     REUTERS/Jason Reed

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President Barack Obama delivers a speech at M. Luis Construction, a local small business in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington. Mr Obama travelled to the company to highlight the impact that a US government shutdown and default would have on the economy. The shutdown entered its third day on Thursday with little sign of compromise between Republicans and Democrats.

US President Barack Obama speaks on the budget in Rose Garden of the White House on April 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. At right is Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeffrey Zients. Obama's budget plan for 2014 is in many ways an academic exercise, given that it has no chance of being fully enacted in stalemated Washington, as Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill have already passed rival budgets.

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US President Barack Obama reveals the budget in the Rose Garden of the White House on April 10 2013 in Washington DC. To his right is Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeffrey Zients. Mr Obama’s budget plan for 2014 is in many ways an academic exercise, given that it has no chance of being fully enacted in Washington as Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill have already passed rival budgets.