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Shutdown Tightens Americans’ Purse Strings [AUDIO]

Nearly three in four Americans admit they are holding back on spending according to a new Bankrate.com report.

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Jack Lew on Meet The Press
Jack Lew on Meet The Press (NBC)
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Treasury’s Lew: Budget Fight ‘Got Close To Edge’ [VIDEO]

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says the just-resolved budget fight was "a little bit scary" because it pushed the country near the brink of default. And he says that can't be allowed to happen again.

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Win McNamee, Getty Images
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Most NJ Residents Still Enraged over Government Shutdown [AUDIO]

The shutdown in Washington is over, but the vast majority of Garden State residents are still furious that Congress let the federal government close for more than two weeks.

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Washington Landmarks Begin To Re-Open As Government Shutdown Ends
Washington Landmarks Begin To Re-Open As Government Shutdown Ends (Mark Wilson, Getty Images
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Parks Open, Workers Back in Office After Shutdown

From the Liberty Bell to Alcatraz, federal landmarks and offices reopened Thursday. Furloughed employees were relieved to get back to work -- even if faced with email backlogs -- but many worried about another such disruption in a matter of months.

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President Obama speaks about budget resolution
President Obama speaks about budget resolution (White House)
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Obama Bemoans “Senseless Damage [LIVE]

 The government unlocked its doors Thursday after 16 days, and President Barack Obama blasted Republican lawmakers for the partial shutdown that damaged the U.S. economy and America's credibility around the world.

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An officer stands on the steps of the House side of the Capitol building
An officer stands on the steps of the House side of the Capitol building ( Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Shutdown Bill Has Items For States, Fed Agencies

Here's a little secret about the bill Congress has approved ending the partial government shutdown and preventing a possible federal default: It's got goodies for some states and federal agencies too.

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President Barack Obama
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President Obama Signs Budget Bill

President Barack Obama has signed a measure into law reopening the federal government and averting a potential default.

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Senate vote on budget bill
Senate vote on budget bill (CSPAN)
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House Joins Senate In Passing Budget Bill

Up against a deadline, Congress passed and sent a waiting President Barack Obama legislation late Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown, the culmination of an epic political drama that placed the U.S. economy at risk.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leaves the Senate floor
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leaves the Senate floor ( Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Senate Leader Announces Bipartisan Budget Deal [VIDEO]

 

Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day's end.

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Shutdown and Debt Crisis Hurting Economy Bigtime [AUDIO]

As Washington wrestles with a solution to a stalemate, shutdown and crisis, the economy is feeling the squeeze as the clock ticks on the deadline for debt default.

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