Newly elected House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana (left) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California speak to the media following the House Republican leadership elections on Thursday. Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Landov hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner leaves the chamber of the Portuguese Parliament during an April 17 visit in Lisbon. Boehner was in Lisbon as part of an international trip that included visits to Afghanistan and Abu Dhabi. Francisco Seco/AP hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, with (from left) Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., at a March 25 Capitol Hill news conference. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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President Obama very likely made Democrats' midterm campaign messaging easier by dropping from his new budget a proposal that would have reduced the size of Social Security checks. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner shows his softer side Thursday before resuming his tough guy role in the fiscal fight. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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People who for years had planned to be boating down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon right about now instead found themselves on Saturday camping in a parking lot because of the government shutdown. Julie Jacobson/AP hide caption

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Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. (from left), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., head for a news conference Thursday on Capitol Hill. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Veterans who came to Washington Tuesday to see the World War II memorial on the National Mall were able to complete their visit, although the memorial — like other federal museums and memorials — was officially closed to the public. Karen Bleier /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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