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October 18th, 2013
10:36 AM ET

The Government Shutdown is Over... Now What?

Listening to President Obama chatting with the Italian Prime Minister, it sounded as if he was ready for a vacation in Tuscany, CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

But the President has no room on his plate for pasta, not when he's set his sights on passing a new budget, immigration reform, and even a farm bill... in less than 90 days.

It is a task the president may have made more difficult for himself after railing against the Tea Party over the shutdown. However, he may get help from Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell who told the Hill newspaper that "there will not be a government shutdown... I think we have fully now acquainted our new members with what a losing strategy that is."

The President could also have a fight on his hands over his next pick for Secretary of Homeland Security. Jeh Johnson, a former military lawyer and Obama campaign fundraiser, said at a conference earlier this year that the day will come when the US must declare the war against Al Qaeda over.

And that's not all. The administration still has to fix those health care website glitches...



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