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An unidentified man crosses Pennsylvania Avenue near the Justice Department. After 16 days of being off the job, thousands of furloughed federal workers returned to work Thursday on the heels of a temporary government deal that allows the U.S. to borrow above the $16.7 trillion limit. AP Photo/Cliff Owen

Federal employees back to work as government reopens

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WASHINGTON — In withering day-after criticism, President Obama declared Thursday that the 16-day partial government shutdown was a Republican-provoked spectacle that “encouraged our enemies” around the world.

Elsewhere in Washington, and around the country, federal employees simply streamed back to their jobs. National parks reopened. The popular panda cam at the National Zoo came back online.

But there was no letup in the political fight.

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