Washington (CNN) - End the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling - even for a short period - and I'll negotiate, President Barack Obama said Tuesday in providing a potential opening to end a political stalemate that has partially shut down the government and threatens a first-ever U.S. default next week.
"If there's a way to solve this, it has to include reopening the government and saying America's not going to default and we're going to pay our bills," he said in a White House news conference on the eighth day of the partial shutdown and nine days before the deadline to increase the federal borrowing limit or face default.
(CNN) - Despite the closure of the National Mall and monuments during the partial government shutdown, immigration advocates are holding a rally and concert. And some conservatives are crying foul.
The protestors, who are holding a march in favor of comprehensive immigration reform Tuesday, which is stalled in a stalemated Congress, are allowed to rally on the closed mall under their First Amendment rights, the National Park Service told CNN.
Washington (CNN) - House Democratic leaders Tuesday sought to show party solidarity by continuing to blame congressional Republicans, specifically House Speaker John Boehner, for the partial government shutdown.
Following a caucus leadership meeting, Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly compared Boehner's influence over the House to a 19th century monarch.
The partial government shutdown is now in its eighth day. While some people aren't feeling the impact yet, effects are hitting communities across the country.
Here's what you need to know.
What's happening in Washington (or, what's not happening)
Washington (CNNMoney) - CEOs of some of the nation's largest companies are calling on Congress to get it together.
The federal shutdown combined with uncertainty over whether Congress' indecision might push the U.S. into default is making the country a bad place to do business, CEOs are saying.
Washington (CNN) - With a lot of facts and figures thrown around the government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling deadline, here are the ones you need to know.
1 - Week of shutdown: Midnight marked one week since partisan impasse caused a partial government shutdown. House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama aren't speaking to each other - Obama called Boehner on Tuesday but a Boehner spokesman characterized it as more of the same.
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee said Tuesday that it was launching a paid media campaign that targets Republican congressional leaders, blaming them for shutting down the federal government and risking a default on the nation's obligations.
The DNC told CNN that it is beginning the first phase of its campaign with robocalls and online ad campaigns utilizing Twitter and Google ads targeting voters in the home states of House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Sens. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
Washington (CNN) - A free-speech legal fight over the fuel of partisan politics - the billions at stake in federal campaign donations - produced a predictably divided Supreme Court on Tuesday.
A spirited hour of oral arguments left in doubt whether current aggregate limits on direct campaign contributions by individuals - in the Federal Election Campaign Act - will be upheld.
(CNN) - With four weeks to go until Election Day, Gov. Chris Christie's Democratic challenger gets the chance Tuesday to face off with the overwhelming frontrunner in the Garden State gubernatorial campaign.
Christie and Democratic State Sen. Barabara Buono will meet on the same stage at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, for the first of two debates leading up to the November 5 election.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama reiterated to House Speaker John Boehner in a phone call Tuesday morning that he was willing to negotiate with Republicans "over policies that Republicans think would strengthen the country," but only after the government shutdown and debt ceiling issues are resolved, the White House said. Earlier, a Boehner spokesman characterized Obama's remarks as declining to negotiate over the government funding and debt ceiling issues.
The White House announced late Tuesday morning that the President would address reporters and answer questions at 2 p.m. ET.