U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders are expected to meet Friday to continue talks on the federal budget, in hopes of ending the government partial shutdown and preventing the country from defaulting on its debt.
Friday's talks come as the shutdown enters its 11th day, with next week's deadline for raising the debt ceiling fast approaching.
Meanwhile, the political impact of the shutdown on the U.S. political landscape was illustrated Thursday by a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll of 800 people. It indicated that 53 percent of respondents blame the shutdown on Republicans, while 31 percent blame it on Democrats.
On Thursday, President Obama held separate meetings with top congressional Democrats and Republicans.
Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner's office called the talks useful and productive, and said meetings at the staff level would continue throughout the night. **在朝鲜被监禁的美国人之母探望儿子**
Mother of American Imprisoned in North Korea Visits Him
The mother of an American missionary detained in North Korea for the past 11 months has arrived in Pyongyang to visit her son.
Myunghee Bae arrived in North Korea Thursday and was scheduled to meet with her son, Kenneth Bae Friday morning. She is expected to stay in the North for about five days.
Kenneth Bae was sentenced in May to 15 years of hard labor on a conviction of state subversion. His family says he has diabetes and is in ill health.
North Korea rescinded an offer in August to allow senior U.S. envoy Robert King to visit Pyongyang to petition that Bae be freed on humanitarian grounds. Officials said the visit was canceled because of annual joint U.S.-South Korean military drills being held in the South.