Congress approved a deal to end a partial government shutdown and pull the world’s biggest economy back from the brink of a historic default that threatened financial calamity. http://reut.rs/1fDXYz2
Obama vowed to sign the bill and begin reopening the government “immediately.” The deal, however, offers only a temporary fix and does not resolve the fundamental issues of spending and deficits that divide Republicans and Democrats. It funds the government until January 15 and raises the debt ceiling until February 7, so Americans face the possibility of another government shutdown early next year.
Photo: U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and President Barack Obama. Taken on October 16, 2013. Photos by Kevin Lamarque and Yuri Gripas.
U.S. Senator Harry Reid says a bipartisan compromise has been reached in the Senate to raise debt limit and reopen the federal government. Senator Ted Cruz, champion of Tea Party conservatives, says he does not intend to delay passage of the deal, saying that the timing of the Senate vote will not make a difference in the outcome “so I do not intend to delay the vote.”
A deal to turn the lights back on for the U.S. federal government seems nearer. As the Senate reconvenes, lawmakers announce a deal to end the shutdown.
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Photo: Statue of Grief and History stands in front of the Capitol Dome in Washington, DC. REUTERS/Joshua Robert
The U.S. federal government will partially shut down after lawmakers failed to compromise on an emergency spending bill before a midnight deadline.
With the Senate recess in effect until 9:30 am EDT, Capitol Hill’s wild Monday comes to an unfortunate close in the early morning hours of Tuesday.
It is unclear how long a government shutdown will last. The funding gap will leave some essential functions like national security intact but sharply cut many regulatory agencies, furloughing up to a million federal workers.
Photo: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
We hope U.S. congressional leaders will agree on a federal budget legislation SOON.
We’re watching the House and Senate votes tonight.
Photo: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (L) and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speak at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, September 30, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US Secretary of State John Kerry holds a news conference with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague on the situation in Syria. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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President Barack Obama is expected to speak just before bells ring around the world to mark 50 years that civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. ended his landmark “I have a dream” speech.
Marchers, many wearing T-shirts with King’s face on them, began their walk near the U.S. Capitol and carried signs such as “Stop the new Jim Crow” and “Every Texan deserves a vote.”
Fighting restrictive voting rights laws that Democrats say hurt minorities, combating joblessness and reducing gun violence among African Americans are among the issues that civil rights leaders put at the forefront of their efforts in 2013.
"This march was supposed to be about jobs, but it’s about a lot more," said marcher Ash Mobley, 27, of Washington who said she was there to represent her grandmother, who had been at the 1963 event.
Photos: a young man plays “When the Saints Go Marching In” on his trumpet in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC (REUTERS/Gary Cameron); Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque); people gather to commemorate at the 2013 March on Washington (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque).
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President Barack Obama proposed a new plan to tackle soaring higher education costs with a system that would rate colleges and universities based on their value for the money students spend and tie those ratings to disbursement of federal student aid. Read more: http://reut.rs/1avk1Wm
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VIDEO: Democracy Now interviews John Shiffman, correspondent for Reuters, on his exclusive story: U.S. Directs Agents to Cover Up Program Used to Investigate Americans.
The U.S. Department of Justice has begun reviewing a controversial unit inside the Drug Enforcement Administration that uses secret domestic surveillance tactics — including intelligence gathered by the National Security Agency — to target Americans for drug offenses. According to a series of articles published by Reuters, agents are instructed to recreate the investigative trail in order to conceal the origins of the evidence, not only from defense lawyers, but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.
"We are talking about ordinary crime: drug dealing, organized crime, money laundering. We are not talking about national security crimes," says Reuters reporter John Shiffman.
U.S. government plans to end military drone strikes in Pakistan: on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari (seen above, with Kerry) and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to re-establish a “full partnership” hurt by U.S. drone strikes and a 2011 NATO air attack in which 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed.
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