Senate Averts Shutdown Fears; Fights Over NomineesTheir power ebbing, Senate Democrats launched a last-minute drive Saturday to confirm roughly 20 of President Barack Obama's nominees, and several Republicans blamed tea party-backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for creating an opening for the outgoing majority party to exploit.
Metro to Close Bethesda Stations to Fix LeaksMetro officials plan to close three red line stations in Bethesda for 14 weekends in 2016 to repair persistent leaks in the tunnels and to avoid a long-term shutdown of the red line that had been feared.
Poll: Americans Fed Up With The Word 'Obamacare'When asked what political word of phrase they would like to eliminate from conversation in 2014, 41 percent of Americans said "Obamacare" needs to go.
D.C. Replenishes Cash Reserve Fund After Shutdown The District of Columbia government has replenished the reserve fund that it used to keep the city running during the federal shutdown.
House Stenographer Escorted Off Floor While Ranting About ConstitutionLast night, as the House of Representatives were voting to end the 16-day government shutdown, things were briefly interrupted after a stenographer started to rant on the dais.
During Shutdown, Congressional Pay Strikes A Nerve When Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., was asked whether he'd continue to collect his paycheck during the government shutdown, he offered a defiant response: "Dang straight."
D.C. Lottery to Stop Paying Players Due to ShutdownThe D.C. Lottery's slogan is "Lots of people win." But until the federal shutdown is over, nobody wins.
IRS: No Tax Refunds During Shutdown, But You Must Still Pay The Internal Revenue Service says you must pay your taxes during the government shutdown. But don't expect any refunds.
Obama: House GOP 'Demanded Ransom Just For Doing Their Jobs'While addressing members of the press following the government shutdown, President Barack Obama said that Republicans in the House of Representatives "demanded ransom just for doing their jobs."
Study: 1996 Government Shutdown Would Cost More Than $2 Billion TodayAccording to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, the last government shutdowns - which occurred in the 1996 fiscal year under the administration of then-president Bill Clinton - cost the nation an estimated $1.4 billion dollars.
Air Traffic Tower Closures Will Strip Safety Net The planned shutdown of nearly 240 air traffic control towers across the country under federal budget cuts will strip away an extra layer of safety during takeoffs and landings, leaving pilots to manage the most critical stages of flight on their own.

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