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House Approves Debt Deal Legislation

The House Wednesday evening approved by a vote of 285-144 legislation to reopen the government and raise the debt limit. President Obama said Wednesday evening he would sign the measure as soon as he gets it. A majority of Republicans opposed the legislation, with 144 voting no and 87 voting yes, while all Democrats present supported it. The bill would lift the debt ceiling until February

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Obama Schedule || Thursday, October 17, 2013

9:45 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing 10:35 am || Delivers a statement; State Dining Room 11:30 am || Holds a bilateral meeting and then lunch with Italian Prime Minister Letta All times Eastern Live stream of Carney briefing at 1:30 pm

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Senate Approves Debt Deal

The Senate by a vote of 81-19 this evening approved legislation reopening the government and raising the debt limit. The House is expected to vote later this evening and approve the bill as well. House Speaker Boehner supports the measure, though it’s unclear if a majority of Republicans will go along with him.

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McConnell and Reid Reach a Deal

Note: This article is being updated as information becomes available. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell this morning reached a deal to end the government shutdown and avoid a default. The House is expected to vote on the measure first. Approval is by no means assured. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney endorsed the deal early this afternoon. The agreement

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The Tea Party is Both Sensible and Victorious

I realize that sounds quite delusional to many people, particularly here in Washington. But it makes total, absolute sense. The muttering class Inside the Beltway is very pleased with itself: The doomed Tea Party strategy is foundering on the shoals of idiocy, just like they said it would. The Republican “brand” has been downgraded yet again. America looks foolish abroad: “The world has reacted mostly

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Obama: I Have Consistently Sought Compromise

President Obama Tuesday declared that as president he has consistently sought compromise with Republicans, even as he refuses to negotiate with them on legislation to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling. Speaking to WABC TV New York, Obama said of Republicans, “I take their ideas all the time.” I think that if you look at my track record over the last four

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The Obama Morning News || October 16, 2013

Senate leaders close to finishing a deal . . . Politico Boehner in a spot, herding cats . . . New York Times Pfeiffer driving White House strategy . . . The Hill U.S. faces credit warning . . . Washington Post Markets expect deal, could force quick action . . . Politico Obama: Immigration reform is next . . . The Hill Iran proposes

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