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President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Shutdown over, Obama surveys damage and blames GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government unlocked its doors Thursday after 16 days, with President Barack Obama saluting the resolution of Congress’ bitter standoff but lambasting Republicans for the partial shutdown that he said had damaged […]

10/17/2013

National Park Service employees remove barricades from the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Temporary deal reopens gov’t after 16-day shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government unlocked office doors, carried away barriers and lifted entrance gates at parks across the country Thursday after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan deal to end 16 days of partial […]

10/17/2013

A row of new 2013 Ford Fusions are on display at an automobile dealership in Zelienople, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Washington budget fight hurts auto sales

DETROIT (AP) — Auto sales tailed off last week, and some dealers and experts are pointing the finger at bickering politicians in Washington. Data collected by J.D. Power and Associates show that sales fell in […]

10/16/2013

Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, pumps his fist as he walks past reporters after a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill on Oct. 16, 2013 in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

A deal: Voting to avoid default, open government

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up against one last deadline, Congress raced to pass legislation Wednesday avoiding a threatened national default and ending a 16-day partial government shutdown along the strict terms set by President Barack Obama […]

10/16/2013

Trader Gregory Rowe, left, and specialist Anthony Rinaldi work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Stocks surge as Washington closes in on debt deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are surging on Wall Street as Washington closes in on a deal to avoid a default by the U.S. government. The Dow Jones industrial average spiked 200 points, or 1.3 […]

10/16/2013

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., walks to his office after arriving on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 in Washington. Aides to Senate Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the leaders resumed talks Tuesday night and voiced optimism about striking an agreement Wednesday that could pass both houses of Congress and reach President Barack Obama's desk before Thursday, when the U.S. Treasury says it will begin running out of cash.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

FINALLY! Deal to avoid default and open government

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders reached last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown, according to a Republican senator who also said congressional leaders would […]

10/16/2013

President Barack Obama walks back to the Oval Office after he visited Martha's Table, which assists the poor and where furloughed federal employees are volunteering, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

For Obama, budget fight has high stakes for agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, the outcome of this week’s fiscal fights with Republicans could have broad consequences for his stalled second-term agenda. A favorable deal for the White House might give Obama […]

10/14/2013

From left, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and others stand on the Senate steps on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, during a news conference on the ongoing budget battle. President Barack Obama was making plans to talk with Republican lawmakers at the White House in the coming days as pressure builds on both sides to resolve their deadlock over the federal debt limit and the partial government shutdown.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Shutdown-Default: All quiet on compromise front

WASHINGTON (AP) — Its approval ratings scraping bottom, Congress took no discernible steps Wednesday to end the nine-day partial government shutdown or to head off a threatened default by the national Treasury. Instead, the House […]

10/09/2013

Normally packed with tourists, the stairs leading from the Capitol Visitors Center up to the Capitol Rotunda are empty as the government shutdown enters a second week, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Dems to try for debt ceiling increase

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the Senate plan to move quickly toward a vote to allow the government to borrow more money, challenging Republicans to a filibuster showdown as the time remaining to stop a […]

10/08/2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Back pay for furloughed workers slows in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill the House passed to guarantee that furloughed federal workers receive back pay after the partial government shutdown is resolved seems to have hit a snag in the Senate. The second-ranking […]

10/07/2013

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