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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.

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