POSTED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 8:02am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The nation is just hours away from a crucial deadline to avert default on its debts and Washington remains muddled in a risky legislative process that has the American people and the rest of the world holding its collective breath.
After a furious day of Republican proposals ended with a thud and no House votes to advance a plan, lawmakers have even less time to approve a measure to increase the nation's borrowing power and end a dragging government shutdown.
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