The US finally reopens for business, but for how long?

Republican hardliners were taught the lesson that there's no education in the second kick of a mule', writes Niall Stanage in Washington DC.

20th October, 2013

The dust is settling from the US government shutdown but the question of what comes next, politically and economically, is still an open one.

Workers returned to their jobs last week after the 16-day shutdown came to an end. Services are getting back to normal.

But by one estimate, from Standard & Poor's ratings agency, the crisis cost the United States $24 billion, or about €17.5 billion.

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