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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the Affordable Care Act in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, October 1, 2013. The U.S. government began a partial shutdown on Tuesday for the first time in 17 years, potentially putting up to 1 million workers on unpaid leave, closing national parks and stalling medical research projects. REUTERS/Jason Reed

White House rejects latest Republican offer to end shutdown

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By Thomas Ferraro and Roberta Rampton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House rejected a Republican plan to reopen portions of the U.S. government on Tuesday as the first shutdown in 17 years closed landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and threw hundreds of thousands of federal employees out of work.

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