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Both sides agree, it's no game

Friday - 10/4/2013, 5:20pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Both sides are making it clear today that they take the partial shutdown of the federal government seriously.

House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur), in calling for talks with the White House, said, "This isn't some damn game."

And President Barack Obama responded today to a question about an unidentified senior administration official who was quoted as saying the White House was "winning" the showdown over the shutdown. Obama said of federal employees, "As long as they're off the job, nobody's winning."

Obama again urged the Republican-controlled House to pass a short-term spending measure that would reopen the government without strings attached.

Republicans say with both Obama and Congress in town this weekend, it's the perfect time to start talks on ending the shutdown.

Republican leaders say the House will be in session tomorrow so that it can continue passing bills that would reopen selected parts of the government. The White House is responding by issuing fresh veto threats, saying Congress should reopen the entire federal government.

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208-a-09-(Jay Carney, White House press secretary, at news briefing)-"fund the government"-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the Obama administration has been consistent in asking Congress simply to vote to fund the government and end the shutdown with no strings attached, unlike the Republican demands. (4 Oct 2013)

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164-a-11-(House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, with reporters)-"this one either"-House Speaker John Boehner says the president needs to be willing to negotiate. (4 Oct 2013)

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173-a-11-(House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, with reporters)-"simple as that"-House Speaker John Boehner says negotiations are the way to end the stalemate. (4 Oct 2013)

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182-q-08-(President Barack Obama, speaking to reporters during lunch at Taylor's Gourmet)-"paid or not"-President Obama was asked about the published report quoting an administration official as saying the White House is happy to have the shutdown continue -- because politically, Democrats are winning. (4 Oct 2013)

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180-a-14-(President Barack Obama, speaking to reporters during lunch at Taylor's Gourmet)-"end this shutdown"-President Obama says the ball's in House Speaker John Boehner's court in terms of ending the government shutdown. (4 Oct 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: John Boehner headshot, as US Representative of Ohio and House Speaker, commenting on government shutdown, graphic element on gray (4 Oct 2013)

APPHOTO DCSA107: House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, joined by members of the Republican Caucus, demands that the White House and congressional Democrats negotiate with congressional Republicans about ways to re-open the government and address criticisms of the nation's new health care law, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., Boehner, and Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kansas. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (4 Oct 2013)

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APPHOTO DCSW209: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden leave the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, to pick up lunch at Taylor Gourmet sandwich shop near the White House. The president vice president stepped out of the White House on a surprise and rare off-campus stroll to grab lunch at a neighborhood eatery. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (4 Oct 2013)

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