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Budget Battle

With four days to go before the federal government is due to run out of money, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., center, points to a countdown clock during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, as Senate Democratic leaders blame conservative Republicans for holding up a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running. From left are, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Schumer, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)