A President Not Sure of What He Wants Complicates the Shutdown Impasse

Democrats struggle with a president who says he wants to compromise but then is reined in by his own staff, while Republican leaders are loath to guess at his intentions.

Shutdown Day 2: Congress Seems Far Apart on a Resolution

Lawmakers remained mired in partisan disputes as Senator Mitch McConnell said he would move ahead with a vote on a temporary spending bill by 1 a.m. Monday.

Trading Blame for the Shutdown, Lawmakers Search for a Deal to End It

With the government shut down and the two parties faulting each other, senators from both parties were looking for an agreement to end the crisis.