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A protester giving only her first name as Nancy holds up a sign Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington calling for an end to the U.S. government shutdown. Reuters/Jason Reed

Good faith effort made: Hope? Boehner offers a short-term debt extension

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WASHINGTON — The nation’s economy on the line, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans groped inconclusively Thursday for a compromise to avert an unprecedented U.S. default as early as next week and end the 10-day-old partial government shutdown.

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