Is there a special phone for this, like FDR’s red phone? President Obama called House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday, but don’t get too excited about a deal being worked out: the president told Boehner that he will not negotiate. Obama “repeated what he told [Boehner] when they met at the White House last week,” said a White House statement of the 10:45 a.m. call. Which is, the White House will not speak to Republicans until they end the shutdown and agree to raise the debt limit. House Republicans, meanwhile, have called for a “supercommittee” to negotiate, which New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer immediately dismissed as a “gimmick” similar to the 2011 debt-ceiling compromise. Obama plans to speak at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
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