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Million Vet March protest shutdown
It has now been two weeks since the partial government shutdown started. Are we any closer to a deal?
Tension in Washington over the government shutdown. A group of veterans calling themselves the Million Vet March took matters into their own hands, reopening - at least for a moment - the Lincoln memorial.
Then, they marched the barricades more than a mile over to the gates of the white house where they clashed with police.
"You work for us! You work for us!"
Other national monuments across the country re-opened, thanks to state and local governments. Among them, the grand canyon and the state of liberty.
"The statue of liberty's open right."
At the capitol, there's still no deal. Republicans have given up demands to defund or change Obamacare. But democrats are pushing for an end to most of the spending cuts from the sequester.
"We're in a free-fall as republicans. But democrats aren't far behind," said Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid and the republican leader mitch McConnell have been negotiating for both sides.
"I'm optimistic about the prospects for a positive conclusion," said Harry Reid.
But time is running out. On Thursday, the country will run out of money to pay its bills, unless congress agrees to raise the debt limit. Economists warn a default will have enormous consequences. The government will only have some money to pay out benefits -- meaning social security and veterans pay will be in jeopardy. The cost of a loans will be more expensive -- making it harder to buy a house or car. Add to this worry about wall street and global markets' reaction to the u.S.'s first ever default.
Even though the clock is winding down both sides say there must be a deal because the alternative is unthinkable.