Reporters check their smartphones while waiting outside US House Speaker John Boehner's office at the US Capitol in Washington on September 30, 2013 as a possible government shutdown looms. The United States stumbled to within hours of a government shutdown, as a budget duel between President Barack Obama and Republicans threatened America with a self-inflicted economic wound.    AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)