Blog BTW 10/18/13

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | October 18, 2013 | 3:34 PM EDT

It was a week that saw the end of the government shutdown, the debt remaining stuck until a deal was reached and a bison break a barricade. All of these are elements of the Best of The Week.

The government shutdown came to an end after an agreement was reached in the House and Senate. But who do people blame for the shutdown? It just may be George W. Bush.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is critical of Senate Republicans who supported the deal that ended the partial government shutdown without delaying or defunding Obamacare. However, he did manage to see some positives in the shutdown debate.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says Democrats got everything they wanted in the debt deal and he’s confident this kind of debate won’t happen again next year.

The Columbus Day holiday marked the 150th straight day that the Treasury had said that America’s debt subject to limit was stuck at $16,699,396,000,000 —about $25 million below the debt ceiling. This was before the ceiling was raised in the shutdown ending deal.

With the end of the partial government shutdown the Pandacam at the National Zoo is back online. But that’s not the only animal video catching attention this week. offers you a look at a bison versus a government barricade.

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Eric Scheiner
Eric Scheiner
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