With hours to go before a threatened U.S. government shutdown, Republican and Democratic leaders remained deadlocked over federal support for Planned Parenthood and other spending as they narrowed their differences over the size of proposed budget cuts. President Barack Obama called on lawmakers to reach a last- minute deal to avert a government shutdown today. Democratic officials said a dispute over financing for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions among other services, was preventing an agreement over more than $30 billion in overall spending cuts/San Francisco Chronicle. More here. (AP photo: House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington Thursday)
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