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We examine what is behind the political standoff in Washington that led to a partial shutdown.
President dismisses "piecemeal" plan offered by Republicans to restore funding to certain government programmes.
About 800,000 federal workers staying at home on Tuesday after politicians failed to reach a deal on budget.
For second time on Monday, senators strike down spending bill which would have also delayed landmark healthcare law.
Republicans and Democrats trade blame, but Congress does not meet on Sunday, hours before shutdown deadline.
Republican-led House passes its amended version of Senate bill, removing funding from President Obama's healthcare law.
Republican and Democrat senators locked in budget row, as Defence Secretary Hagel attacks 'dangerous' shutdown threat.
Bill to fund government operations from October 1 to November 15 passed and sent to House of Representatives.
US Senator Ted Cruz addresses Senate for 21 hours 19 minutes in bid to derail debate on healthcare.
Putin says Russian proposal only possible if US rejects force, shortly after Kerry's call for action to the Senate.
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