A worker power-washes the West Wing of the White House in Washington D.C.
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A National Park Service ranger removes a closed sign from the Korean war veterans memorial in Washington on Wednesday. After the partisan passions and heated rhetoric, the disruptions of a US government shutdown and displays of dysfunction, Congress finally voted to fund the government and lift the debt limit.
A protester wears a US President Barack Obama figure during a rally to urge Congress to end the government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington. The government shutdown is entering its 10th day as the Senate and House of Representatives remain gridlocked on funding the federal government.
President Barack Obama delivers a speech at M. Luis Construction, a local small business in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington. Mr Obama travelled to the company to highlight the impact that a US government shutdown and default would have on the economy. The shutdown entered its third day on Thursday with little sign of compromise between Republicans and Democrats.
Police tape blocks a closed Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday in Washington, DC. The US government is in a forced shutdown after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill.
US President Barack Obama greets supporters after delivering remarks on the Affordable Care Act, also known as ‘Obamacare’, at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland. As a possible government shutdown looms ahead, the Obama administration has blamed Congressional Republicans for attaching language to a government funding bill that would defund Obamacare.
Free Syrian Army fighters rest inside a house during a rare light moment in Deir al-Zor, Syria.