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PUNTED! - President Obama early today signed a short-term bill ending the partial government shutdown and raising the federal debt ceiling. The bill cleared the House late Wednesday with 87 Republicans – 38 percent of the party’s members – on board. The final product does not include any major provisions pertaining to ObamaCare. The only mention of the law is an enhancement of anti-fraud measures for the new entitlement program. The deal, reached just hours ahead of a Treasury deadline on the federal borrowing limit, will fund the government through Jan. 15 and raise the debt cap through Feb. 7. It provides back pay for the federal workers furloughed since the partial shutdown began on Oct. 1.
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New cliff in three months - The plan also calls for House Republicans and Senate Democrats to start intensive talks to reach a broader deal ahead of the next fiscal cliff, now 90 days away. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., head of the House Budget Committee and his Senate counterpart, Patty Murray, D-Wash., are holding a breakfast meeting today with ranking members of each committee to get things started.