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.
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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.
US President Barack Obama meets King Carl Gustaf of Sweden during a reception at the royal palace in Stockholm. Mr Obama is in Sweden for a two-day visit before heading to the G20 summit in Russia’s Saint Petersburg.
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Free Syrian Army fighters rest inside a house during a rare light moment in Deir al-Zor, Syria.
Barack Obama, US president, waves as he arrives to give a speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate at Pariser Platz in Berlin on Wednesday
A member of the secret service is reflected on the side of Air Force One at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey on Tuesday. President Barack Obama and Chris Christie, New Jersey governor, left for an appearance at Asbury Park, one of the many Jersey shore communities devastated by super storm Sandy
A Marine on Tuesday closes the door to Marine One, carrying President Barack Obama, on the south lawn of the White House, Washington. Mr Obama is travelling to the New Jersey shore to survey rebuilding efforts in areas affected by last year’s Hurricane Sandy.
US First Lady Michelle Obama dances with pre-kindergarten students while she visits the Savoy School on Friday in Washington, DC. The school, once one of the lowest performing in the District of Columbia, has shown significant signs of improvement since being designated as one of eight schools selected last year for the Turnaround Arts Initiative by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
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The sun’s rays strike the rocky coast of Acadia National Park, Maine, on Thursday morning. A federal budget-related delay has pushed back the opening of many of the park’s seasonal facilities until May 17. Acadia saw a 5% funding cut of it’s $7.8m budget on March 1. The cut represented the National Park Service’s share of federal sequestration.
President Barack Obama stands with, from second from left, former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Thursday.
President Barack Obama heads to Boston to mourn victims of the Boston Marathon attacks. No arrests have been made in connection with Monday’s twin bombings near the finish line of the race, which sent metal fragments and nails into a crowd of runners and spectators, killing three people and wounding 180.
Miller, a Transit Police dog, watches commuters at Back Bay Station a day after two explosions in Boston. Miller, a Transit Police dog with the Massachusetts Transportation Authority Explosives Detection Unit, watches as commuters enter the subway system at Back Bay Station a day after two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 16, 2013.
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Volunteers place grave markers on the National Mall in Washington on April 11 2013. More than 3,300 crosses, stars of David and other religious symbols were planted to remember those affected by gun violence. Clergy from Newtown, Connecticut, will lead a 24-hour vigil to urge the House of Congress to pass tougher gun laws.
US President Barack Obama reveals the budget in the Rose Garden of the White House on April 10 2013 in Washington DC. To his right is Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeffrey Zients. Mr Obama’s budget plan for 2014 is in many ways an academic exercise, given that it has no chance of being fully enacted in Washington as Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill have already passed rival budgets.