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Reid walks with his arm around Schumer as they depart following a news conference in Washington

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (L) walks with his arm around Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) as they depart following a news conference after bipartisan passage of budget and debt legislation at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 16, 2013. The U.S. Senate approved a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the world's biggest economy to the edge of a debt default that could have threatened financial calamity. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

U.S. government shutdown

The government reopened its doors Thursday, October 17th after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring default on U.S. obligations.

Early Thursday, President Barack Obama signed the measure, which the House and Senate passed late Wednesday, ending a brawl with Republicans who tried to use the must-pass legislation to mount a last-ditch effort to derail the president's landmark health care law and demand concessions on the budget. (AP)