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Oct 4, 2013 11:48 PM by Connie Murphy

Prospect for quick end to shutdown is remote

WASHINGTON (AP) - Both sides are making it clear today that they take the partial shutdown of the federal government seriously.

President Barack Obama responded today to a question about an unidentified senior administration official who was quoted as saying the White House was "winning" the showdown over the shutdown. Obama said of federal employees, "As long as they're off the job, nobody's winning."

Obama again urged the Republican-controlled House to pass a short-term spending measure that would reopen the government without strings attached.

Republicans say with both Obama and Congress in town this weekend, it's the perfect time to start talks on ending the shutdown.

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