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After weeks of dysfunction and the threat of default, the President and Congress are trying to pick up the pieces. We’ll look at the challenges—both at home and abroad. Also, President Obama calls for an end to partisanship, and Washington and Colorado legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Banner image: U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) (R) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) appear at a news conference after bipartisan passage of stopgap 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

Making News President Obama Asks Congress to Put Partisanship Aside 7 MIN, 24 SEC

In the White House state dining room today, President Obama thanked federal workers for going without pay and said the shutdown has made Americans realize that government is important. What about politics?

Edward-Isaac Dovere is senior White House correspondent for Politico.

Edward-Isaac Dovere, Politico (@IsaacDovere)

Main Topic Budget Crisis Fallout: What's the Damage? 33 MIN, 11 SEC

Government workers are returning. The United States will continue to pay its bills. The President says there are no winners and that all Americans lost. Polls show Republicans and the Tea-Party dropping in public opinion, while the Affordable Care Act has gained some popularity. Did the President and the Democrats really win? Will there be a next round? What can Washington do now to regain the confidence of the American people—and the rest of the world?

In today’s speech at the White House, President Obama said the threat of default has increased America’s borrowing costs and that, “the American people’s frustration with what goes on [in Washington] has never been higher…” The President said, “those who pushed for the shutdown and threatened default claim their actions were needed… to make America strong.”

Ron Brownstein, Atlantic / CNN (@RonBrownstein)
Timothy Garton Ash, Oxford University (@fromTGA)
David Corn, Mother Jones magazine (@DavidCornDC)
Scott Galupo, The American Conservative (@ScottGalupo)

Today's Talking Point Are Washington's and Colorado's Pot Regulations Too Lax? 10 MIN, 7 SEC

Last year, voters in Washington and Colorado legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Now, regulators are getting down to writing new regulations. Is there any way to guarantee moderation without allowing abuse?

Mark Kleiman is a professor of Public Policy at UCLA, and co-author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know. He’s a consultant to the State of Washington’s Liquor Control Board.

Mark Kleiman, New York University (@MarkARKleiman)


Warren Olney

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