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Senate Majority Whip Dick Durban, D-IL, pauses while speaking in the... News PhotoGovernment,Politics,Talking,USA,Vertical,Washington DCPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPSenate Majority Whip Dick Durban, D-IL, pauses while speaking in the Senate Studio of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on October 3, 2013. The political crisis gripping Washington could trigger a 'catastrophic' US debt default, the Treasury warned Thursday, as America limped into day three of a government shutdown. Despite the looming danger to the US and world economies, there was no sign that either President Barack Obama or his Republican foes were ready to give ground. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)