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.
US House Speaker John Boehner arrives at Capitol Hill in Washington. The US Senate prepared for a last ditch effort on Wednesday to avoid a historic lapse in the government’s borrowing authority, a breach that President Barack Obama has said could lead to default and deliver a damaging blow to the global economy. Read more
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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.
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Matthew Giarmo of Alexandria, Virginia, who lost his contract job with the Department of Health and Human Services in 2012, holds up a sign seeking a job with a lower salary than he would normally ask on a street corner in Washington, DC. With his wife furloughed from her job at the Smithsonian Institution due to the U.S. government shutdown, Giarmo, who has a Ph.D. in social-personality psychology, said he had no choice but to stand on the street to find work.