Obama to Nominate Jeh Johnson as Homeland Security Secretary

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_fdf9a3c078.jpgChad J. McNeeley (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama is expected to nominate former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson as the next Homeland Security secretary, ABC News has learned. The Department of Homeland Security has been without a Senate-confirmed leader for six weeks, and from the start some Republicans were calling on the administration to "swiftly" nominate a new secretary.

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Ted Cruz Won’t Rule Out Another Shutdown

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_9cac754457.jpgUnited States Senate (WASHINGTON) -- It’s the question on everyone’s minds: could the country be pushed to the brink of another shutdown when government funding runs out in January? Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who pushed the strategy to tie government funding to defunding President Obama’s health care law, wouldn’t rule out revisiting it in the coming months.

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Obama Calls on Congress to Resume Work on Other Issues

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_65995525cc.jpgABC News (WASHINGTON) -- As the federal government comes back to life, President Obama on Thursday morning lamented the harm caused by the political “spectacle,” saying the 16-day shutdown and the threat of default “inflicted completely unnecessary damage on our economy.” “The American people are completely fed up with Washington,” the president said in a statement at the White House.

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Shutdown Lifts, Capitol Hill’s Ohio Clock Ticks Again

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_c86a631177.jpgABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Remember that clock in the U.S. Capitol that shut down during the shutdown? Well, on Thursday the Ohio Clock came back to life, ticking again for the first time in at least a week. Its hands were frozen in time during the shutdown because the Senate Curator’s Office employee responsible for winding it was furloughed.

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Budget Gurus Begin Next Phase of Federal Spending Battle

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_c86d61f52d.jpgWin McNamee/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- With the ink barely dry from President Obama’s signature on legislation to end the shutdown, the top four congressional authorities on the budget kicked off the next phase of negotiations with a bipartisan breakfast at the Capitol on Thursday morning.

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