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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Crisis Averted: Congress Ends Shutdown, Raises Debt Ceiling | Former Treasury Secretary Michael Blumenthal on Shutdown Aftermath | GOP Suffers in Polls Over Budget Battle Tactics | The Consequences of Cyberbullying | Christians Turned Athiests Discuss Decision to Leave Family Faith Behind

Crisis Averted: Congress Ends Government Shutdown, Raises Debt Ceiling

Last night Congress ended the shutdown and raised the debt ceiling, avoiding the latest manufactured fiscal crisis. But before the relief kicks in, know that the drama is not over. The budget passed last night is only a temporary one that will have to be revisited in December, otherwise there will likely be a replay of the same situation. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains what happened and the way ahead.

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Former Treasury Secretary Michael Blumenthal on Shutdown Aftermath

Congress still has to reach a long-term plan for taxing and spending policies, and once again come to an agreement on raising the debt ceiling in 2014. Otherwise, the Treasury Department will be unable to pay its bills. W. Michael Blumenthal, former Treasury Secretary and author of the new memoir, “From Exile to Washington: A Memoir of Leadership in the Twentieth Century,” reflects on the nation's fiscal climate and his own time in office.

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GOP Suffers in Polls Over Budget Battle Tactics

The shutdown may be over, and the debt ceiling raised for now, but the effects of the last two weeks could be long-lasting—both economically and politically. Americans are not happy with the shutdown and they are blaming Republicans—at least that’s what the latest polling data suggests. Gary Langer runs Langer Research Associates, a nonpartisan polling group that directs polling for ABC News. He explains the latest findings.

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Sen. McConnell Secures $3B For Kentucky in Debt Ceiling & Shutdown Deal

The debt deal struck between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has something tucked away in it that directly benefits Kentucky, the home state of Sen. McConnell. A section of the bill secures close to $3 billion in funding for one of Sen. McConnell's pet projects: A dam project on the Ohio River. Phillip Bailey, political editor at WFPL, has been reporting on this story from Louisville, KY. He joins The Takeaway to explain.

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Are Criminal Charges the Best Way to Prevent Cyberbullying?

This week, a Florida police department charged two girls ages 14 and 12 with aggravated stalking—a third-degree felony—for bullying a peer that eventually committed suicide. As more and more young people define their lives online, stories show that cyberbullying can have devastating consequences. But are felony charges the best way to punish bullies and prevent future incidents? What role should parents and teachers play? Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate and a fellow at Yale Law School, examines all of these questions. 

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Christians Turned Atheists Discuss Decision to Leave Family Faith Behind

According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, a full 1 in 4 millennials, those born between 1981 and 2000, do not affiliate with any faith. They haven't just lapsed in observance, but have chosen to leave organized religion altogether. Three young Christians turned atheists discuss how they began to question their faith and what it was like to leave the church. Emily Peterson, Daniel Munoz, Amber van Natten all grew up in traditional christian households but now identify as atheists and humanists.

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