As the sun started its descent behind the U.S. Capitol building on Monday, it seemed virtually certain to rise on a partially shuttered federal government. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Barack Obama talks about the government shutdown during a media availability following Obama's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Monday. Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Landov hide caption

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives Monday at the White House to meet with President Obama. The two are expected to discuss Iran's nuclear program, Syria's civil war, and peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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President Obama addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during an interview with NBC — part of a charm offensive ahead of his visit to the U.N. General Assembly. Rouzbeh Jadidoleslam/AP hide caption

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President Obama speaks during a memorial service at the Marine Barracks Sunday in Washington, D.C., honoring victims of Monday's shooting at the Navy Yard. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama walks out of a meeting with the Senate Democratic Caucus at the Capitol on Tuesday. Michael Reynolds/EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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President Obama walks along the West Wing Colonnade toward the Oval Office ahead of Tuesday night's speech on Syria. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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