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Obama to take questions on fiscal feuds

President Obama speaks about the government shutdown and debt ceiling during a visit to M. Luis Construction on Thursday in Rockville, Md. President Obama either came out strongly against Big Labor, a key part of his political base, or he committed a stunning political gaffe during his speech. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President Obama will deliver a statement and take questions Tuesday afternoon about the government shutdown and looming debt ceiling deadline, the White House announced.

Obama will address reporters at 2 p.m. from the White House briefing room.

Earlier Tuesday, the president called Speaker John Boehner, but the leaders made no progress on reaching a deal. Obama again refused to compromise around ending the government shutdown or raising the debt ceiling.

The shutdown has now entered its second week, and barring a breakthrough, the likelihood of the government reaching its borrowing capacity around Oct. 17 becomes more likely with each passing day.