President Obama to hold news conference today


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Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009.(Photo by Pete Souza) (Pete Souza, © 2008 Pete Souza)
Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009.(Photo by Pete Souza) (Pete Souza, © 2008 Pete Souza)
Updated: 10/08/2013 10:51 am Published: 10/08/2013 10:51 am


WASHINGTON (AP) - A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama has called the speaker to say he still won't negotiate on ending the partial government shutdown or raising the nation's debt limit.

Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck says the call took place Tuesday morning.

The call came as a partial shutdown of the government enters its second week with no sign of ending.

Boehner says he is willing to negotiate budget issues with President Barack Obama without any conditions. But Obama says it's Congress' responsibility to pay its bills and that negotiating on these issues would set a dangerous precedent.

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