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Truckers will arrive in Washington, D.C., this morning to convoy in protest of the government shutdown. The vehicles plan to circle the capital on the beltway, with hopes that the "gas-roots" event sends a message to Congress. Troopers say they are prepared for the additional traffic.

Military families who lost loved ones since the shutdown will once again receive death benefits, after President Obama signed a bill passed by the Senate Thursday. The payments had been suspended since Oct. 1.

Obama and Congress are closer to a deal on raising the debt ceiling and reopening the federal government.

A new report on the Obama administration and the press finds the "war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I’ve seen since the Nixon administration,” writes former Washington Post editor Len Downie.

And Benedict Cumberbatch will do an AMA ("ask me anything") on Reddit today at 2:30 pm EST. His latest film, "The Fifth Estate," about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, will be released a week from today. A letter surfaced this week from Assange to Cumberbatch, asking the actor to "reconsider your involvement in this enterprise." Cumberbatch will also be on Jimmy Fallon tonight, and the line for tickets started forming at 3 am.

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