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Shutdown takes its toll on White House operations

Now in its second week, the partial government shutdown has taken its toll on the White House, where about 3 of 4 staffers have been furloughed, barred even from checking the BlackBerrys they usually clutch like worry beads.


Carter: Middle class today resembles past’s poor

Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that the income gap in the United States has increased to the point where members of the middle class resemble the Americans who lived in poverty when he occupied the White House.


Obama climate adviser stepping down

President Barack Obama’s top adviser on environmental and climate issues is leaving.


Obama thanks FEMA for work during shutdown

President Barack Obama is thanking workers at the Federal Emergency Management Agency for doing their jobs under "less than optimal circumstances" during the government shutdown.


Obama may be open to short-term debt ceiling hike

A senior Obama economic adviser is suggesting that the White House would be open to a short-term increase in the nation’s borrowing authority. But the adviser, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, says a long-term extension of the debt limit would be better for the economy.