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Breaking Politics Headlines: Sep 21st, 7pm

Congress appears to be moving closer and closer to a government shutdown. Ahead of the Sept. 30 deadline, the Republican controlled House of Representatives passed a budget bill to fund the government and defund President Obama's controversial health care law, a key portion of which is set to take effect on Oct. 1, making this bill dead on arrival in the Democratically controlled Senate, never mind in the executive branch Gunmen stormed a crowded shopping mall frequented by Westerners in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi in an apparent terror attack, leaving at least 11 dead. The U.S. State Department said American citizens were reportedly among the injured. The militant Islamic group al-Shabab, based in neighboring Somalia, claimed responsibility for the attack via Twitter, saying it was in retaliation "for the lives of innocent Muslims" killed by Kenyan forces leading an African Union offensive against al-Shabab. U.S. State officials behind the launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform on October 1 say they could weather a federal government shutdown, though the scenario would add new pressure to the political attacks and technical issues that have weighed on the program's introduction. The Estado de S. Paulo daily newspaper reported Brazil's government plans to finance state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA's participation in the October 21 auction of Libra, country's largest-ever oil discovery.

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