PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The state of South Dakota and several corporate donors have worked out a deal with the National Park Service to reopen Mount Rushmore during the government shutdown.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The final stage of the long-delayed U.S. farm bill is about to begin, but drafting a legislative compromise between the Senate and House of Representatives is still hampered by deep partisan divisions over cuts in food stamps for the poor.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama spoke by phone to a group of about 150 leaders of major businesses on Friday afternoon to give them an update on talks with Congress on lifting the debt ceiling ahead of a default deadline next week, the White House said.
President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders worked to end their fiscal impasse on Friday, but struggled to strike a deal on the details for a short-term reopening of the federal government and an increase in the U.S. debt limit.