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I Loaned $999.78 To The Federal Government*

I bought a Treasury bill on Tuesday, before Congress made the debt-ceiling deal. It was unclear whether I would get paid back on time.
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Declining Gas Prices Pump Up A Shaky Economy

The federal shutdown had economists worried, but consumers have had something to smile about. Gasoline prices are the lowest in three years — under $3 a gallon in some places. Analysts credit greater supplies, lower demand, the easing of Middle East tensions and even a slow hurricane season.
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Wilted Reputations Left By Shutdown And Default Threat

There was a sense of relief Thursday as the U.S. government went back to work and once again skipped past default. But around the world, many investors wonder whether the U.S. is going to be in fiscal crisis mode for some time to come, and how the country's currency and creditworthiness will be viewed by others.
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September Jobs Report To Come Out Tuesday

The original release date was Friday, Oct. 4. But that jobs report got caught up in the government shutdown.
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Economists Fear 'Flying Blind' Without Government Data

The federal shutdown that ended Thursday left markets, economists and Federal Reserve policymakers with a gap in economic data. Government economists are scrambling to pull together their long-delayed reports on unemployment and other key statistics.
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U.S. Is The World's Largest Producer Of Natural Gas. Here's What That Means

Natural gas has gotten really cheap in the U.S., but your gas bill isn't much lower than it used to be. Also: New factories, less coal and environmental controversy.
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Obama Calls For Budget, Immigration Reform By Year's End

"There was no economic rationale for this," the president said of the 16-day federal government shutdown, which he said cost billions of dollars.
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10 Takeaways From The Fiscal Fight

What we learned: Obama wasn't bluffing, the House GOP is ungovernable and Republicans blew a golden opportunity to direct attention to the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
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Economists: Shutdown Will Shave Half-Percent From Quarterly GDP

Although a debt default has been at least temporarily averted, the knock-on effect for the economy will still bite.
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Defeat Isn't Easy For Conservative Republicans To Admit

Two weeks after shutting down the federal government and hours before the Treasury was at risk of defaulting on the nation's obligations, House Republicans relented and voted on a bill ending the twin fiscal crises. It was a vote Democrats had demanded for weeks. And it was almost a complete concession to President Obama who had insisted on both conditions before discussing anything with congressional Republicans.

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