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After more than ten days of [checkmate / stalemate] in the U.S., things have finally begun to start [movements / moving] . President Barack Obama and the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, sat down for [talking / talks] on Thursday about the impasse over the [partially / partial] U.S. government shutdown and the [looming / blooming] debt crisis. Their discussions didn't lead to any certain outcome, but analysts are taking a positive [notation / note] that talks are happening. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the talks were "very useful" and ["clarification" / "clarifying."] [Hopes / Hopers] are that the two sides will agree on a temporary increase to the $16.7 [trillion / quadrillion] U.S. debt limit. Failure to do so by October 17 could have [dire / mire] consequences for the global economy.

A Wall Street Journal / NBC News poll found 53 per cent of those [surveys / surveyed] blamed Republicans for the government [clampdown / shutdown] , while 31 per cent [blamed / blaming] President Obama. Observers from other countries are having [trouble / problem] understanding what is going on in U.S. politics. The Times of India wrote: "What is [frosting / chilling] is that US politicians are willing to [engage / marry] in a game of brinkmanship that is [tantamount / paramount] to detonating a nuclear [vice / device] over their economy." A UAE businessman commented that: "There is something [fundamentally / fundamentals] wrong with a system that leaves a country without direction, in stagnation, without a budget and potentially without the wherewithal to [settle / land] its debts."

 


 
 
 

 

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