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Government Shutdown Ends

Federal workers returned to their jobs this morning and parks and monuments reopened after President Obama signed into law a bipartisan deal approved by Congress to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. Lawmakers voted just hours before the October 17 deadline set by the Treasury Department for raising the borrowing limit. The House voted 285-144 in favor of the bill. That followed an 81-18 Senate vote on the same measure. But the bill only funds the government until January 15 and raises the debt ceiling until February 7, which means there could be another crisis in a few months. Northern State University political science professor Ken Blanchard discussed the agreement and what happens next.