(CNN) - The partial federal government shutdown may be over but as of Thursday, the drunk dialing is just beginning.
The creators of DrunkDialCongress.Org said in a statement that the service would continue, facilitating the inebriated and sober to call their Congressional representative to thank them for ending the shutdown and press for action on other issues facing the country.
Washington (CNN) - The vote to end the shutdown took place in October 2013, but it may provide some clues about the 2016 race for the White House.
There are a bunch of potential presidential hopefuls in Congress, but since all Democrats voted lockstep to back a compromise to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, it's the Republican votes that are more interesting.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Thursday there were "no winners" in the deal that ended the 16-day government shutdown and averted a possible U.S. default, then challenged Republican conservatives to drop their anti-government ideology and change how business gets done in Washington.
In a tough and somber statement hours after signing legislation passed by Congress to reopen the government, Obama said the standoff "inflicted completely unnecessary damage (to) our economy" by slowing growth and increasing borrowing costs.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The government is open. The debt limit is lifted. The fight is over.
But in every fight, there are winners and losers, and this fight is no exception.
From Sen. Ted Cruz, architect of the failed Republican strategy, to Hillary Clinton, who in her silence may have boosted her 2016 presidential prospects, here's a look at who won and who lost during the shutdown/debt ceiling crisis:FULL STORY
(CNNMoney) - Panda cam is back.
The nation got its first glimpse in nearly three weeks of Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and the unnamed cub Thursday morning when the Smithsonian National Zoo brought a slate of live cameras back online. The cameras had been shuttered along with the rest of the zoo on Oct. 1 when the federal government closed. The zoo itself is still closed and will reopen to visitors on Friday.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell denied slipping a special provision into a deal he co-engineered to end the 16-day government shutdown and end a showdown over raising the nation's debt ceiling.
And the longtime Republican Senator from Kentucky had an admonishment for Republicans whose sole focus is the "impossible dream" of ending Obamacare.
(CNN) – The government shutdown and threat of U.S. default before the debt ceiling was raised "inflicted completely unnecessary damage (to) our economy," President Barack Obama said Thursday morning at the White House.
He said it slowed the economy's growth and set back employers' plans to hire.
White House (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough welcomed federal workers returning to their jobs Thursday morning following the 16-day partial government shutdown
"It's really good to have everybody back to work," McDonough said after shaking hands with a steady stream of employees walking through the gates that lead to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain promised Thursday the government will not shut down again in the near future, and argued the President, as the victor in the recent showdown, will now have to engage with his political opponents on Capitol Hill.
In an interview on CNN's "New Day," the Arizona Republican also weighed in on the GOP's infighting that escalated to new heights during the government shutdown.
Washington (CNN) - In the basement of the U.S. Capitol, where much of the building's support staff arrived for work on Thursday, the first day back at full staffing in two weeks, was a mix of exuberant welcome back hugs and deeply held bitterness toward the men and women in charge upstairs.
"Hey! Good to see you!," sang out one staffer who'd been on the job during the shutdown as a furloughed friend walked back into the building. Just a few feet away, another worker was slapping the back of a colleague. Both had been furloughed.