Weapons inspectors are still in Syria assessing the country's stockpile and how to destroy it. It's unclear where the weapons would go if they were sent abroad, but there are signs that such a move is under consideration.
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.
Throughout the battle over the government shutdown and debt limit, President Obama kept reiterating: So long as Republicans were threatening a government default, there would be no negotiations. That strategy ultimately paid off for the White House. But it's not a strategy the president comes by naturally.
This is the 40th anniversary of the Arab Oil Embargo, which triggered a seven-year energy crisis. The results of the energy crisis are still with us — both in the political fault-lines in Washington and in the cars that are on our roads.
Renee Montagne talks to Representative Steve Israel of New York about the congressional deal that ended the partial government shutdown and addressed the debt ceiling. Israel is chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
By wide margins in both the House and the Senate, Congress voted Wednesday night to end a 16-day partial government shutdown. The measure also delays the debt ceiling deadline until early February. House and Senate Budget committees have until Dec. 13 to reconcile competing budgets.
President Obama has signed legislation that ends the partial government shutdown and raises the U.S. debt ceiling. The Office of Management and Budget says federal employees should report to work Thursday. But it will take some time until all the agencies are back up to speed.
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