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Government Shutdown 2013: Talks Continue As Default Looms (LATEST UPDATES)

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 15:  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (C) speaks to the media following a House Republican caucus m
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 15: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (C) speaks to the media following a House Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol, October 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. With the government shutdown going into the fifttenth day and the deadline for raising the debt ceiling fast approaching, Democrats and Republicans may come to an agreement soon on passing a budget. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The government is still shut down, and lawmakers are working toward a last-minute deal to avert a federal default.

According to the AP, many lawmakers are feeling hopeful about a solution coming from the Senate, brokered by that chamber's leadership:

Still, many in Congress expect a resolution, even if it's a few days late. At best, however, lawmakers and the White House will agree to fund the government and raise the debt limit for only a few months. They also will call for yet another bipartisan effort to address the federal debt's major causes, including restricted revenue growth and entitlement benefits that rise automatically.

And yet, top advocates say they've seen virtually no change in the political dynamics that stymied past efforts for a compromise to end the cycle of brinksmanship and threats to harm the economy.

Below, the latest updates on the shutdown and looming default:

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