Washington Leadership Vacuum Raises Risks of Shutdown, Default

Washington Leadership Vacuum Raises Risks of Shutdown, Default

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, second from left, pauses to talk while walking to a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 12, 2013. House Republican leaders are struggling to avoid a U.S. government shutdown at month's end after delaying a vote on a spending plan opposed by dozens of their caucus members.