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The U.S. Capitol looms in the background of a sign on the National Mall reminding visitors of the closures to all national parks due to the federal government shutdown in Washington October 3, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Focus on debt ceiling as U.S. shutdown drags on; Obama cancels trip

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By Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Republicans huddled on Friday to plot their next move on the fourth day of a U.S. government shutdown that many fear will drag on until bickering Washington politicians reach a deal to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a default.

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