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US shutdown showdown is over (Third lead)
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US shutdown showdown is over (Third lead)

Oct 17 2013, 8:26am CDT | by IANS

Washington, Oct 17 (IANS) Federal employees headed back to work, and national parks and museums began to reopen Thursday after the US Congress voted to end a 16-day budget standoff, handing President Barack Obama a major victory.

Washington, Oct 17 — Federal employees headed back to work, and national parks and museums began to reopen Thursday after the US Congress voted to end a 16-day budget standoff, handing President...

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US shutdown showdown is over (Third lead)

Oct 17 2013, 8:26am CDT | by IANS

Washington, Oct 17 (IANS) Federal employees headed back to work, and national parks and museums began to reopen Thursday after the US Congress voted to end a 16-day budget standoff, handing President Barack Obama a major victory.

Washington, Oct 17 — Federal employees headed back to work, and national parks and museums began to reopen Thursday after the US Congress voted to end a 16-day budget standoff, handing President Barack Obama a major victory.

Obama swiftly signed a bill funding the government through Jan 15 and raising the nation's $16.7-trillion debt limit through Feb 7 well past midnight after Republicans threw in the towel in their fight to derail the president's signature healthcare law.

The deal, aimed at averting a financial default with the US set to run out of cash to pay its bill Thursday, also sets a mid-December deadline for completing budget negotiations between the House and the Senate for a long-term spending plan.

The eleventh hour deal with only minor concessions from Democrats hammered out earlier by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell received broad bipartisan support in both chambers.

Also included in the deal is a provision that strengthens verification measures for people getting subsidies under Obamacare, the only concession that the Republicans were able to wrest from the Democrats.

The vote was 81-18 in the Democratic-led Senate with only 18 of the 45 Republicans opposing it and 285-144 in the Republican-controlled House. As many as 87 Republicans joined all 198 Democrats in supporting the measure.

Several of the Senate's most conservative Republican members led by Senator Ted Cruz, who had spearheaded the fight against Obamacare, voted against the bill.

"This is a terrible deal," said Cruz on the Senate floor before the vote, though he acknowledged that it would pass. "This deal embodies everything about the Washington establishment that frustrates the American people."

Shortly after the Senate vote Wednesday night, Obama said once the House passes the deal, "I will sign it immediately. We'll begin reopening our government immediately."

"We can begin to lift this cloud of uncertainty from our businesses and from the American people," he said.

"There's a lot of work ahead of us, including our need to earn back the trust of the American people that's been lost over the last few weeks," he said. "And we can begin to do that by addressing the real issues that they care about."

As he was leaving the room, Obama was asked, due to the temporary nature of the agreement, if he thought "isn't this going to happen all over again in a few months?"

"No," he responded.

Later, White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director Sylvia Mathews Burwell issued a statement at about 12.45 a.m. saying Obama has signed the bill and the OMB would "work closely with Departments and Agencies to make the transition back to full operating status as smooth as possible".

Democrat Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Patty Murray and House Republican Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan plan to have a breakfast meeting Thursday to start the ball rolling on budget negotiations.

The deal also gives the Treasury Department the ability to borrow beyond the debt ceiling.

"Because of today's efforts, we will continue to honour all of our commitments - a core American value - and preserve the full faith and credit of the United States," Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said in a statement Wednesday night.

(Arun Kumar can be contacted at arun.kumar@ians.in)

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(Times of Israel) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday phoned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and apologized to him in the name of the Obama administration for the comments made by an anonymous US official who called the prime minister “a chickenshit.” On Thursday, Kerry had publicly distanced himself from the comments, stressing that neither he nor US President Barack Obama were behind the remarks, which he sa ...
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Oct 31 2014 8:30pm CDT | Source: WND

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Oct 31 2014 7:33pm CDT | Source: WND

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Oct 31 2014 7:21pm CDT | Source: WND

Some call the fear and hate ad campaigns being orchestrated by Democratic Party supporters to boost black turnout in next Tuesday’s congressional elections desperation. I call it pathetic. The way for a party to get support is to deliver success. When there is no record of success, lies, distortion and fear become the operative tools, in hope that uninformed voters will buy the garbage. Black voters are becoming more politically engaged than ever, ...
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Perdue: Secure Border, Reduce Overall Immigration

Oct 31 2014 4:34pm CDT | Source: Big Government

David Perdue, Republican candidate for the US Senate in Georgia, argued against the “Gang of Eight” Senate bill and urged increased border security in an interview on Friday’s “Laura Ingraham Show.” Perdue argued that his opponent, Democrat Michelle Nunn “has said she wants to broaden Obamacare…she also says she supports the Senate bill, the Gang of Eight bill for amnesty, which I have opposed over the last year and a ha ...
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Millions Of Early Votes Already Cast

Oct 31 2014 4:26pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON (AP) — Early votes soared past 15 million across 31 states on Friday, an outpouring that is giving hopeful Republicans as well as nervous Democrats cause for optimism heading into the final weekend of a campaign with control of the Senate, the U.S. House and 36 governorships at stake. Republicans pointed to a strong early-vote performance in Iowa as evidence that Joni Ernst was a step ahead in her bid to capture a Senate seat for the GOP. "I feel real good a ...
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The Economy Is Still The Biggest Issue For The Voters

Oct 31 2014 4:03pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- For all the talk about ISIS and Ebola, and all the political firestorms over the Affordable Care Act, most voters this year remain focused on the economy. In a new HuffPost/YouGov poll of likely voters, 56 percent named the economy as one of the two issues most important to them. Health care, named by 35 percent, was a clear but relatively distant second choice, followed by immigration, "how things work in Washington" a ...
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Federal Eye: These scientific studies show that airport Ebola screenings are largely ineffective

Oct 31 2014 3:27pm CDT | Source: Post Politics: - The Washington Post

The debate over whether the Obama administration should ban flights from Ebola-stricken nations has been raging for weeks, fueled by fears of an outbreak in the United States and a lot of election-inspired finger po ...
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Obama to meet Federal Reserve chair Yellen Monday: White House

Oct 31 2014 2:57pm CDT | Source: Townhall's

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will meet with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Monday to discuss ...
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