A view of the US Capitol Building on Capitol Hill April 6, 2011 in Washington, DC. A top White House ally in the US Senate said Wednesday he saw 'a glimmer of hope' that hard-fought negotiations on spending cuts could yield a deal to avert a partial government shutdown looming at week's end. 'There is a glimmer of hope,' Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer told NBC television a day after after talks on funding the government to October 1 stretched into the night with the clock fast ticking down to a midnight Friday deadline. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)(BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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