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Congress Approves Bill To End Government Shutdown, Avert Default

Congress Approves Bill To End Government Shutdown, Avert Default

Bringing to an end an episode that once again exposed Washington gridlock at its worst, the House approved a Senate deal that will end a 16-day federal government shutdown and avert the first government default in U.S. history.

Senate Leaders Announce Budget Deal

Senate Leaders Announce Budget Deal

Senate 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.

Congress Works On Holiday, Three Days Before Debt Deadline

Congress Works On Holiday, Three Days Before Debt Deadline

This year’s Columbus Day falls on Day 14 of the federal government shutdown, which means both the House and Senate will be in session on the holiday.

Obama Will Tap Janet Yellen As Fed Chairwoman

Obama Will Tap Janet Yellen As Fed Chairwoman

The White House says President Obama intends to nominate Federal Reserve Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve, once Ben Bernanke completes his term in January.

Family Of Man Who Set Himself On Fire Says Act Wasn’t Political

Family Of Man Who Set Himself On Fire Says Act Wasn’t Political

Officials have identified the man who died after setting fire to himself last week on the National Mall as John Constantino, 64, of Mount Laurel, N.J.

4 Things To Know On Day 4 Of The Shutdown

4 Things To Know On Day 4 Of The Shutdown

With the partial shutdown of the federal government now into its fourth day, here are four stories to help bring us all up to speed:

John Boehner reports no progress after meeting with Obama

John Boehner reports no progress after meeting with Obama

Speaker of the House John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, stepped out of the White House yesterday after a 90-minute meeting with President Obama and reported no progress.

Obama: ‘Perpetual Cycle Of Brinksmanship … Has To End’

Obama: ‘Perpetual Cycle Of Brinksmanship … Has To End’

He said he will not negotiate with Republicans when it comes to a cornerstone of his health care law, and he will not negotiate when it comes to another congressional battle to raise the debt ceiling in a little more than two weeks.

Navy Yard Shootings: No Second Gunman; Victims’ IDs Emerge

Navy Yard Shootings: No Second Gunman; Victims’ IDs Emerge

Our coverage continues of Monday’s shootings at the Washington Navy Yard. Twelve victims and the man who authorities say gunned them down are dead.

Breakthrough? Syria Hints It Might Give Up Chemical Weapons

Breakthrough? Syria Hints It Might Give Up Chemical Weapons

Amid reports that Syrian President Bashar Assad may be willing to give up his chemical weapons as his strongest ally has suggested he do, the Obama administration expressed skepticism Tuesday.