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Obama: Extortion can't be routine in US democracy

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he's fighting the budget battle because "we can't make extortion routine as part of our democracy."
    
Obama says he's willing to not only negotiate fiscal issues with Republicans, but changes to health care law. But he says first he wants them to pass a bill to stop a partial government shutdown.
    
Obama noted in a news conference at the White House Tuesday that the shutdown already made him cancel a trip to Asia this week. He argued the shutdown is hurting U.S. credibility around the world and - quote - "makes it look like we don't have our act together."

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he told House Speaker John Boehner he's willing to negotiate with Republicans on their priorities, but not under the threat of "economic chaos."
    
Obama spoke to reporters at the White House Tuesday in the midst of the eighth day of a partial government shutdown and a few hours after calling Boehner.
    
Obama says he urged Boehner to hold a vote immediately to reopen the government.
    
The White House says Obama also urged Boehner to hold a vote that would allow the government to borrow more money.
    
Senate Democrats are planning a vote this week to provide new borrowing, without new spending cuts Republicans want.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama has called House Speaker John Boehner to urge a vote that would allow the government to borrow more money.
    
Senate Democrats are planning a vote this week to provide new borrowing, without new spending cuts Republicans want.
    
The White House says Obama urged Boehner to allow a timely vote on the measure, quote, "with no ideological strings attached."
    
Boehner's office says Obama reiterated in the Tuesday morning call that he won't negotiate on the government shutdown or raising the debt limit. The White House says Obama is willing to negotiate, on topics including his health care law, after the threats of government shutdown and default have been removed
    
Obama plans a Tuesday afternoon press conference as the shutdown is in its eighth day.

Obama calls Boehner, says he still won't negotiate

WASHINGTON (AP) - A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama has called the speaker to say he still won't negotiate on ending the partial government shutdown or raising the nation's debt limit.
    
Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck says the call took place Tuesday morning.
    
The call came as a partial shutdown of the government enters its second week with no sign of ending.
    
Boehner says he is willing to negotiate budget issues with President Barack Obama without any conditions. But Obama says it's Congress' responsibility to pay its bills and that negotiating on these issues would set a dangerous precedent.

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