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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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Win McNamee, Getty Images
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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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Congress
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House Cancels Tuesday Night on Budget Bill

Time growing desperately short, Senate leaders took command of efforts to avert a Treasury default and end the partial government shutdown Tuesday night after a last big attempt by House Republicans abruptly collapsed.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (L) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) walk to a Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol,
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (L) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) walk to a Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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House GOP Unveils Bill To Counter Senate Debt Plan [VIDEO]

Their backs against the wall, House GOP leaders scrambled Tuesday to forge a plan to counter an emerging bipartisan Senate deal to reopen the government and forestall a default on U.S. obligations.

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(L-R) U.S. Senate Minority Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) walk from McConnell's office to the Senate Chamber
(L-R) U.S. Senate Minority Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) walk from McConnell's office to the Senate Chamber (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Senators Closing In On Deal To Reopen Government [VIDEO]

Senate leaders are closing in on an agreement to reopen the government and forestall an economy-rattling default on U.S. obligations.

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