Government back in business
October 17th, 2013
02:54 PM ET
6 months ago

The Senate's landmark 'Ohio' clock ticks again as staff winder returns to job

Washington (CNN) – A majestic old clock that stands near the U.S. Senate chamber is ticking again after the man in charge of winding it returned from the federal government furlough Thursday.

The "Ohio" clock ran down and stopped with the hands at about 12:15, eight days into the government shutdown, when its mainspring reached the end of its capacity.
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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Senate
Federal workers' pay day - Oct. 25
October 17th, 2013
02:42 PM ET
6 months ago

Federal workers' pay day - Oct. 25

Washington (CNNMoney) - Federal workers who were furloughed during the two-week shutdown will start seeing back pay in their Oct. 25 paychecks, say government officials and unions.

On top of that, the deal Congress passed late Wednesday paves the way for the Obama Administration to dole out 1% cost-of-living pay hikes for federal workers come January - the first in three years.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown
October 17th, 2013
02:31 PM ET
6 months ago

Drunk dialing Congress lives on past shutdown

(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.
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Filed under: Government Shutdown
Shutdown vote 2016 impact
October 17th, 2013
01:18 PM ET
6 months ago

Shutdown vote 2016 impact

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.
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Filed under: 2016 • Government Shutdown • Marco Rubio • Paul Ryan • Peter King • Rand Paul • Ted Cruz
Obama wants new approach after shutdown
October 17th, 2013
01:02 PM ET
6 months ago

Obama wants new approach after shutdown

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.

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Why is this man smiling? 15 winners and losers from the shutdown crisis
October 17th, 2013
11:55 AM ET
6 months ago

Why is this man smiling? 15 winners and losers from the shutdown crisis

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:

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Filed under: Government Shutdown
Panda cam returns as government reopens
October 17th, 2013
11:50 AM ET
6 months ago

Panda cam returns as government reopens

(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.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown
McConnell pushes back on 'Kentucky kickback'
October 17th, 2013
11:13 AM ET
6 months ago

McConnell pushes back on 'Kentucky kickback'

(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.

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Filed under: 2014 • Government Shutdown • Mitch McConnell
October 17th, 2013
11:09 AM ET
6 months ago

Obama: Default threat and shutdown damaged economy

(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.
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Biden, McDonough greet returning federal workers
October 17th, 2013
10:03 AM ET
6 months ago

Biden, McDonough greet returning federal workers

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.
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Filed under: Denis McDonough • Government Shutdown • Joe Biden • White House
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