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Senate Democrats Detonate ‘Nuclear Option’ To Curb Filibusters

Senate Democrats Detonate ‘Nuclear Option’ To Curb FilibustersThere was high drama Thursday on the floor of the Senate as Democrats significantly changed the way business in the chamber is done.

Soaring Personnel Costs Threaten Readiness, Hagel Warns

Soaring Personnel Costs Threaten Readiness, Hagel WarnsHealth care and retirement costs that already account for a large part of the U.S. military's budget and are on a path to go even higher could leave the nation with "a military that's heavily compensated, but probably a force that's not capable and not ready," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tells NPR.

Bills don’t move, but Alaskans in Congress file away

Bills don’t move, but Alaskans in Congress file awayCongress usually passes a few hundred bills a year. So far this year it has passed only 46.

Federal Workers Head Back To Jobs As Government Reopens

Federal Workers Head Back To Jobs As Government ReopensHundreds of thousands of federal workers on furlough for two weeks are going back to work after Congress approved a late-night deal Wednesday to fund the government and stave off default.Hundreds of thousands of federal workers on furlough for two weeks are going back to work after Congress approved a late-night deal Wednesday to fund the government and stave off default.Hundreds of thousands of federal workers on furlough for two weeks are going back to work after Congress approved a late-night deal Wednesday to fund the government and stave off default.

Economists: Shutdown Will Shave Half-Percent From Quarterly GDP

Economists: Shutdown Will Shave Half-Percent From Quarterly GDPThe government shutdown has taken a toll on the nation's economy and despite a deal that sidesteps a debt default and restarts the government (at least for a few months), growth forecasts for the last quarter of the year are being scaled back.

Senate Leaders Announce Budget Deal

Senate Leaders Announce Budget DealSenate leaders announced a bipartisan agreement on Wednesday aimed at avoiding a default and restarting the government after House Republicans failed to produce a plan of their own that could pass muster.

Fitch Places U.S. Under Review For A Credit Downgrade

Fitch Places U.S. Under Review For A Credit DowngradeFitch Ratings, one of the big three credit ratings agencies, issued a warning shot today, saying that while it affirmed the United States' AAA credit rating, it was placing it on "rating watch negative."

Grand Canyon And Other National Parks Reopen, On States’ Dime

Grand Canyon And Other National Parks Reopen, On States’ DimeThanks to agreements between the Department of the Interior and several states, a dozen popular national parks are open again, at least temporarily.

Feds To Consider State Funding To Reopen National Parks

Feds To Consider State Funding To Reopen National ParksWith economic impacts mounting and one Utah county threatening to take over national parks, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she will "consider agreements with governors" to allow state funding of national parks so that some can reopen to visitors.

Obama: ‘Stop The Excuses. Let’s Take A Vote’

Obama: ‘Stop The Excuses. Let’s Take A Vote’In a press conference that lasted more than an hour, President Obama said he was willing to talk about anything, as long as Republicans reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, even if its for a short period of time.