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SHUTDOWN ENDS: Federal employees return to work, national parks and monuments reopen after 16 days

KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS Superintendent of the National Mall & Memorial Parks Bob Vogel (R) welcomes a worker back on the job at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington Thursday. Barriers went down at federal memorials and National Park Service sites, and thousands of furloughed federal workers returned to work across the country Thursday after 16 days off the job ...

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GOP takes biggest hits from Washington standoff

By Carrie Dann and Michael O’Brien, NBC News Public opinion has soured on the Republican Party after the 16-day government shutdown and the GOP remains as divided as ever with little to show for its efforts to gain concessions on Obamacare and government spending.     The standoff has nicked every Washington politician to some extent but it’s Republican leaders ...

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Done deal: Obama signs debt bill into law

Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA Lawmakers work to pass a bill that would end the first government shutdown in 17 years and prevent the government from defaulting on its debt. By Carrie Dann, Political Reporter, NBC News After weeks of stalemate that shuttered the government for 16 days and brought the nation within hours of a key deadline to renew ...

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Fiscal deal opens door to big tax and entitlement changes

By Tom Curry, NBC News The deal struck Wednesday in Washington could make it easier for lawmakers to make big changes to tax policy, spending and entitlement programs. Here’s a look at what is in the accord, what didn’t make the cut and what’s coming down the pipeline. This deal is an important way forward for big policy changesWhile a ...

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Senate reaches deal to end shutdown and avoid default

By Michael O’Brien , Political Reporter, NBC News Senate leaders said Wednesday that they had reached a bipartisan agreement to end a 16-day government shutdown and avert default on the national debt roiled Washington, furloughed hundreds of thousands of federal workers and closed crucial government services. Congress will now attempt to quickly advance the legislation through both the House and ...

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John Kerry heading to Russia for talks with Putin on terrorism, Syria

POOL/REUTERS The Secretary of State will meet with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin about a range of issues causing tension between Washington and Moscow. Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Russia next week for talks on Syria, Iran and terrorism concerns that have spiked since the Boston Marathon bombings. Kerry will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign ...

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Obama denies he's lost political mojo after gun, budget defeats

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images ‘Rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated,’ President Obama told reporters during a White House press conference on Tuesday. WASHINGTON — President Obama said he’s still got the political juice, scoffing Tuesday at the notion that’s he’s increasingly irrelevant or politically weak. “Maybe I should pack and go home. Golly!” he said facetiously, when asked ...

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Former ricin suspect’s home is unlivable: lawyer

Bert Mohr/AP Kevin Curtis speaks to reporters as his brother Jack Curtis looks on in Oxford, Miss. Kevin Curtis’ house is uninhabitable after investigators searched it but failed to find evidence of the deadly poison ricin, a lawyer said. OXFORD, Miss. — Attorneys for a Mississippi man who was briefly charged with sending ricin-laced letters to the president and others ...

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NRA: Obama wants total gun ban

The Associated Press Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association CEO, testifies as supporters and opponents of stricter gun control measures face off at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on Jan. 30. On Thursday, LaPierre warned fellow NRA members that he had said long ago Obama “would set about dismantling the Second Amendment.” WASHINGTON — National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre ...

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Romney’s sons Matt and Craig attend Christie fundraiser

Charlie Neibergall/AP Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with his wife, Ann, and, from the left, their sons Matt, Josh, Craig and Tagg. No hard feelings? Two of Mitt Romney’s sons were among the guests at a California fundraiser for Gov. Chris Christie this week, suggesting that both camps have put the bitter end of the November election behind them. RELATED: ...

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