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Government shutdown: Live updates on congressional budget battle

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11:14 p.m. Video: President Obama’s delivers government shutdown message to U.S. military. [Voices]

11 p.m. Midnight ET deadline for a congressional budget compromise passes, and the government shutdown begins. [Sun-Times via AP]

10:53 p.m. White House memo [PDF]: “agencies should now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations.”

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9:59 p.m. Seeing conflicting reports on whether the House will vote again tonight.

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8:30 p.m. As Democrats promised, the Senate has rejected the latest House spending bill that would have delayed the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate by a year. That sends it back to the House as the midnight deadline looms. [Sun-Times via AP]

8:23 p.m. The GOP has scaled back their demands, but the Democrats still are rejecting any dilution of Obamacare and are expected to vote down the latest Republican proposal at any moment. “We’re at the brink,” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) in the AP’s latest report. [Sun-Times via AP]

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8:16 p.m. If you’re wondering which national parks will still be open to you for an early fall vacation in the event of a shutdown: the Grand Canyon’s a no; Mount Rushmore’s a maybe.

8:02 p.m. With the budget bill tossed back to the Senate (try not to strain your neck with all the back and forth), here’s live video of the Senate floor if football’s not your thing. [POLITICO]

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7:48 p.m. Via AP: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will donate his salary to charity during the shutdown. A senator’s annual salary is $174,000, or $3.346 per week. How much will a shutdown cost us per week? The White House says it’s a big number:

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7:39 p.m. It’s dark at the West Wing.

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7:07 p.m. The New York Times has a nice graphic showing how this silly game of chicken has unfolded. [New York Times]

6:08 p.m. Via AP: Obama calls congressional leaders on shutdown, no breakthrough reported.

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5:13 p.m. More from Lynn Sweet: Obama says health insurance markets open tomorrow even if the government shuts down. Plus the transcript from the president’s statement. [Voices]

4:30 p.m. Obama said from the White House that a government shutdown will “throw a wrench into the gears” of the economy. [AP]

4:18 p.m. Stocks sank today as Wall Street anticipated a government shutdown — and the potential, in a few weeks, for something worse: a debt default. [Sun-Times via AP]

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4:01 p.m. The president is speaking live from the White House:

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3:57 p.m. Stopping legislators’ pay didn’t exactly motivate the General Assembly here in Illinois. Would it work any better at a national level? Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) thinks so. [Washington Post]

3:17 p.m. The White House says President Obama will speak about the negotiations at 3:45 p.m. We’ll have video from the White House’s live stream.

3:05 p.m. ICYMI: Our big Sunday primer on everything you need to know about the controversial Affordable Care Act and what’s going into effect tomorrow. [Voices]

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2:36 p.m. From Lynn Sweet: “Since it could take time to sell something to members, one possible path would be a very short term continuing resolution to extend the Sept. 30 fiscal year deadline by a few days. What seems not to be in play: just putting off the deadline for a week. Senate Democrats, I am told, would not support putting off the deadline a week.” [Voices]

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1:53 p.m. Government shutdown votes will be exploited in 2014 elections [Sun-Times analysis by political reporter Natasha Korecki]

1:30 p.m. Senate rejects 54-46 House bill to delay Obamacare, keep government open [Voices]

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From this morning Shutdown showdown: Hours before deadline, neither side is budging [Sun-Times analysis by Lynn Sweet, Washington Bureau Chief]

Current state of the budget battle [Interactive graphics via AP]