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Latest efforts to end government shutdown

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By Dana Griffin

dgriffin@abc6.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. - All eyes are on the Senate tonight to try and end the stalemate in Washington and broker a deal that both re–opens the government, and lifts the debt ceiling before it's too late.

Anger reached a boiling point outside the White House today. A group of conservative military activists removed barricades from the closed Lincoln Memorial and dumped them at the White House in protest over the government shutdown.

This afternoon in the Senate, there was a last minute scramble to reopen the government and stave off default until the end of January.

Talks broke down Saturday over the Democrats' demands to eliminate spending cuts from the Sequester as part of any deal.

Republican leaders in the Senate have given up the demands to defund or delay Obamacare – demands that led to this crisis.

"We're in conversation today. I'm confident republicans will allow the government to open and extend the ability of this country to pay its bills, and I'm going to do everything that I can throughout the day to accomplish this," said Democratic Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Harry Reid.

Some national parks like the Grand Canyon and Statue of Liberty did re-open this weekend with the state's picking up the tab.

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