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.
(CNN) - Even before President Barack Obama signed into law a deal that officially ended the government shutdown, Yosemite National Park fired off a statement: We're open for business, right now.
The California attraction may get the award for the quickest reopening. But elsewhere, life will return to normal ...gradually.
Here's what to expect Thursday, and in the coming days:FULL STORY
(CNN) – It took more than two weeks, but Congress finally reached a shutdown-ending, debt ceiling-raising deal that satisfies both sides of the aisle.
Or maybe it doesn't. Who can tell in this flurry of gamesmanship and posturing?FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Long before the ink had dried on the Senate deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, the writing was already on the wall for the Republican Party: The last three weeks have hurt them.
They have borne the brunt of the blame for shutting down the government, and polls show that a large majority of Americans disapprove of the way the Congressional GOP has handled the fight over funding the government and raising the debt ceiling.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - After taking the country to the edge of default, Republicans won virtually no concessions on the law they hate most: Obamacare.
Concerned that Affordable Care Act enrollees will scam the system to get federal subsidies to pay for insurance, the GOP demanded tighter income verification procedures for applicants.FULL STORY
(CNN) – After all the bickering and grandstanding, the billions lost and trust squandered, it was much ado about nothing
The partial government shutdown's finally over. The debt ceiling debacle has been averted. Obamacare remains virtually unscathed.FULL STORY
(CNN) – OK, so Congress passed a bill, the President signed it into law and the government's finally back in business.
But with all the last-minute press conferencing, speechifying, and endless partisan tweeting, the one thing that wasn't extensively discussed was the actual details of the bill. Since it evolved constantly and was pushed through at the 11th hour, things got a tad confusing.
Here's are the key points you need to know about the bill that saved the government:FULL STORY
Updated: 2:06 p.m. ET, 10/17/2013
Washington (CNN) – Amid all the chaos of the last-minute deal in Washington, there was an unusual moment on the House floor moments after the bill passed.
A House stenographer and well-known employee calmly took to a microphone and began screaming.