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we still need to pass a law to fix our broken immigration system. we still need to pass a farm bill. and with the shutdown behind us and budget committees forming, we now have an opportunity to focus on a sensible budget that is responsible, that is fair and that helps hard working people all across this country. and we could get all these things done even this year if everybody comes together in a spirit of how are we going to move this country forward and put thlast three weeks behind us. that's what i believe the american people are looking for. not a focus on politics, not a focus on elections, but a focus on the concrete steps that can improve their lives. that's going to be my focus. i'm looking forward to congress doing the same. but once again, i want to thank the leadership for coming together and getting this done. hopefully next time it won't be in the 11th hour. one of the things i said
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throughout this process is we have to get out of the habit of governing by crisis. and my hope and expectation is everybody has learned that there's no reason why we can't work on the issues at hand, why we can't disagree between the parties while still being agreeable and make sure that we're not inflicting harm on the american people when we do have disagreements. so hopefully that's a lesson that will be internalized and not just by me but also by democrats and republicans not only the leaders but also the rank-and-file. thanks very much, everybody. >> mr. president isn't this going to happen all over again in a few months? >> you're watching president obama as he is leaving the white house press briefing room. he just addressed members of the press in the wake of a deal from the u.s. senate to agree to raise the debt ceiling and
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also agree to re-open the federal government. this of course will be on its way over to the house momentarily where members of the republican-controlled congress will have to now vote for its approval, as well. >> we'll have the very latest tonight at 6:00. for now, let's go back to scott pelley and the evening news. captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com >> reporter: the surest sign that the stalemate was over-- use speaker john told house republicans it was time to give up. here's how he put it to an ohio radio station. >> we fought the good fight. we just didn't win. >> reporter: house conservatives had held up government funding in a failed attempt to defund or delay the president's health care law. the move wasted billions of dollars and split their party. new hampshire republican kelly ayotte: >> shutting down the government was not a smart strategy, and not the right direction, and i hope we never do this again. >> reporter: the compromise deal fund the government for just three months, raises the debt ceiling for four months, initiates immediate debt talks,
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and adds a token antifraud measure to obamacare. >> this is far lets than many of us had hoped for, frankly. but it's far better than what some had sought. >> reporter: as republican leader mitch mcconnell explained the deal on the senate floor, texas senator ted cruz was just outside the chamber criticizing fellow republicans for folding. >> once again, it appears the washington establishment is refusing to listen to the american people. the deal that has been cut provides no relief to the millions of americans who are hurting because of obamacare. >> reporter: cruz was a driving force behind the defunding strategy but with time running out for the u.s. to pay its bills, he agreed not to hold up tonight's vote. >> there's nothing to be gained from delaying this vot once.
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>> pelley: nancy, thanks very much. from the white house, that looks like a white flag flying over the capitol tonight. major garrett has the president's reaction. major. >> reporter: scott, the president expects congress to approve this deal, and he will sign tprobably tomorrow. the white house didn't doesn't want to claim victory in public but believe it's won on almost all fronts a new borrowing
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authority will be approved without significant policy or spending concessions from the white house. but this deal has complications. it onto lasts until early 2014, and already white house economic advisers fear that anxiety about a potential shutdown or default early in 2014 could dampen consumer confidence in the heart of the holiday shopping season and quite possibly discourage job creation. also, the president didn't have to negotiate to win this round but, scott, white house advisers tell us he will not have that luxury when these new budget talks take place. >> pelley: well, with those new budget talks, major, how will the president change his strategy, if at all? >> reporter: well, the number one goal for this white house is to remove those across-the-board spending cuts many americans have come to known as sequestration, and the president will trade some entitlement spending cuts, possibly future cost of living adjustments for social security to achieve that. the white house also knows republicans will continue their fight against the president's health care law, and if its roll-out is as rocky as it's been so far, for political reasons as well as policy reasons, the president might have to give some ground there
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as well. >> pelley: major, thanks very much. you'll remember the government shutdown was triggered just over two weeks ago when house republicans said they would fund the government but only if they could also roll back the president's health care law. we asked chip reid to dig into where that strategy came from. >> reporter: texas republican senator ted cruz has become the public face of the government shutdown, but you've probably never even heard of the 31-year-old conservative activist the wall street journal calls the strategist behind the shutdown. >> the american people are overwhelming saying we need to stop obamacare. >> reporter: michael needham is the c.e.o. of heritage action, political arm of the nation's largest conservative think tank. months ago he and fellow activists diswied dwooized a plap to try to defund or delay obamacare by block federal spending, even it led to a government shutdown. heritage action used negative advertising to attack republicans who refused to sign
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on to the strategy. >> now is the time to fight. >> reporter: and during the august congressional recess, nooed ham and heritage action fired up grass-roots conservatives with a nine-city "defund obamacare" tour. >> for one of the first times, people all across the country biker going to town halls changed the course of the direction that washington wanted to go. >> reporter: even now that the strategy appears to have failed, needham says he's confident in the long run he will prevail. >> we win by stopping obamacare. >> reporter: and if you can't stop it? >> the fight to stop obamacare will go on. >> reporter: now, despite his optimistic tone, needham concedes there's no way to repeal obamacare while president obama is still in office, and he's there until 2017. and, scott, he also conseeds that to repeal obamacare there would have to be a republican in the white house and republicans would have to control both houses of congress. >> pelley: chip, thanks very much. no surprise, wall street welcomed the temporary reprieve from government default.
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the dow industrials were up a little over 205 points, or about 1.3%. four weeks ago, before all of this, the dow hit its all-time high at 15,676. during the shutdown, and the threat of default, it shed 957 points. today's close is 300 points shy of that record high. there are many trading partners around the world who are skeptical of this last-minute stay of execution, and mark phillips has been listening to them. >> reporter: across the world, the influence of the american economic model-- work hard, set your markets free, provide stable government-- has taken a hit. louise cooper is an international market analyst does this take away the moral argument that america can teach the world how to run economies? >> clearly, america can't teach the world how to run an economy. clearly, it can't teach the world how to run government, to be brutally frank.
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>> reporter: seen from afar, the debt crise that undermined the world's banking structure started in the united states, and now the recovery, already stumbling, is being threatened by u.s. political brairchgz manship as well. >> and now here we are threatening credit markets, the banking system, because america's stupid politicians can't do a deal and think a default by the world's largest economy is something to do. it's utterly insane, and the rest of the world is kind of fed up with it. >> reporter: and a short-term deal isn't seen as a solution here, either, scott. the europeans say the u.s. has been telling them to deal with euro zone problems now, but from here now is seems the u.s. is taking the scan and kicking it down the road. >> pelley: bob schieffer our chief washington correspondent and airchgor of "face the nation" has been watching this kicking of the can in washington. bob. >> reporter: well, you know, scott, it does look now like
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congress has found a way to avoid yet another crisis created by guess who? congress. this crisis was not the result of a natural disaster like katrina nor was it visited upon us by some foreign power. more and more, congress' main business has become untangling itself from problems that it has created while the problems of the country go untended. to be sure, the partisans can claim they made their point, but this shutdown cost the economy at least $24 billion. if this deal does go down, that's better than if it doesn't, and i suppose we should all feel relieved, like you would feel if you were shot at and missed. but this is nothing to be proud of. congress did not need to put the country in this fix. i think the one ray of hope in all this is that it is a victory of moderates in both parties over extremists. that's not very much, but these days, it's getting to be
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unusual. >> pelley: bob, thanks, we'll be watching "face the nation" sunday. well, speaking of negotiations, things appear to have been going much easy ther week with iran instead of washington. two days of international talks over iran's disputed nuclear program wrapped up today with all sides sounding upbeat. the u.s. and other nations believe that iran wants to build atomic bombs, but in talks in genev airan said it is willing to make concessions in that program if in return for easing economic sanctions that have crippled its economy. elizabeth palmer has been following all this in geneva. liz, is this truly something new? >> reporter: well, the talks got very serious very fast, scott. in fact, an administration official told us they had never had such candid, intense, straightforward talks with the iranians. a lot of that has to do with iran's lead negotiator here who is also the country's foreign minister, javad zarif. he was so ill with a bad back that he had to fly to geneva
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flat out on his plane but once he got here, he got busy and he conducted the talks in english, unprecedented, and it really we hear helped things along. none of the details have leaked. in fact, the negotiators say it's top secret and has to stay that way because these talks have so much riding on them but they broke up today saying there is lots to keep talking about and they're coming back at it on the 7th of november. >> pelley: maybe progress there as well. elizabeth, thanks very much. after two weeks, folks are still having trouble signing up for obamacare. a commercial jetliner had a rare and dangerous engine failure. and an earthquake sent part of a centuries-old church tumbling to the ground when the cbs evening news continues. come on. oh! that's a lot of water up there. ♪
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now, congress is investigating why. the house energy and commerce committee is asking the administration and the web site's private contractors if the problems are in the hardware systems or in the software. this company, c.g.i., which won an $88 million contract to be the prime architect of the web site healthcare.gov, has remeetedly assured congress the site would be ready. c.g.i. senior vice president cheryl campbell testified. >> c.g.i. is confident in its ability to deliver successfully on the contract and remains commit to the success of the marketplace. >> reporter: c.g.i. is based in canada, but its u.s. subsidiary has hundreds of federal contracts for web site construction, including the main page for medicare. but the medicare experience could be part of the problem. government officials and contractors use the medicare sign-up process to estimate how many people would simultaneously apply for obamacare. they got that estimate wrong.
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aneesh chopra is the former chief technology officer and helped plan the launch of obamacare in the first two years. >> i believe they built in the capacity to support about 60,000 people at the exact same time. signing up for an account. that's a lot of people at the exact same time. and what they actually got was over a quarter of a million people at the exact same time. >> reporter: should they have foreseen a quarter of a million people at the same time? >> i think there's going to be a lot of monday morning quarterbacking about what we could do better. >> reporter: c.g.i. would not comment for this story. the administration says the web site is work faster and signing up more people every day. still, more than two weeks into this sign-up period, it's clear the problem wasn't a simple glitch that the president had predicted and, scott, it wasn't the triumphant roll-out the white house had envisioned for obamacare. >> pelley: now we know. wyatt, thanks sprch j.p.morgan chase agreed today to pay $100 million in a settlement with u.s. government regulators over
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yesterday returned to dallas-fort worth and made an is engineer landing. transportation correspondent sharyl attkisson is looking into this. >> reporter: passenger fred edwards said he texted his wife, "we're on fire. love you." >> this huge explosion goes bam, and we saw the flames come up the side of the plane which lit up the whole inside of the plane. it looked like the inside of the plane was on fire. of course it was on the outside engine. >> reporter: casey rogers who was in the seat next to hoim, described what happened next. >> it just poured in. i mean, all the vent on the side of the aircraft was just pouring smoke. i mean this full white smoke. and before you knew it, you couldn't really see. that's when everyone got really scared. >> reporter: spirit airlines confirms there was smoke in the cabin and an indication in the cockpit of a possible mechanical issue immediately after takeoff. there were no injuries and the plane returned to the airport and landed safely. an n.t.s.b. official tells us the aircraft had an uncontained
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>> pelley: finally tonight, the impact of the government shutdown has gone far beyond washington, far beyond the federal workers who were furloughed. bill whitaker tells us the shutdown was an especially hard blow to folks in california who have not even begun to recover from devastating wildfires. >> reporter: groveland, california, the western gateway to yosemite national park, depend on park tourism. the massive rim fire chased visitors away in august and wrecked the summer tourist season. now, the park shutdown has shut down the fall season. >> i'm not able to make any of my bills. that's why i have to be out by the end of the month. i can't pay my rent. can't pay my electricity. can't-- i'm going to leave here in debt. >> reporter: pamela harris, owner of the pine mountain deli here calls the shutdown a manmade disaster. after 10 years, she's going out of business. >> this is my life. my life.
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that i've worked so hard. excuse me. and i just feel like people like us just nobody cares. >> reporter: the whole town has suffered. >> the fire going through here was the coffin and now this is the nail in the coffin. >> reporter: cafe owner steve anker counts on october receip receipts to carry him through the winter when nature shuts everything down. he says business is off 85%. >> i've had to let go 12 people. >> reporter: out of a staff of how many? >> usually we have about 15-18. >> reporter: and you've let go 12? >> yeah. this is killer. >> reporter: the national parks shutdown cost the u.s. $30 million tourist a day. new york, arizona, and colorado tapped state money to keep parks open but california with 23 national sites said it couldn't afford to bail out the federal government. >> they're making big, huge
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decisions that are totally affecting any destroying people's lives, and i don't think they realize what they're really doing. >> reporter: when a campfire triggered the disastrous rim fire, people here turned to firefighter firefighters for help. for this politically triggered disaster, there's nowhere to turn. bill whitaker, cbs news, groveland, california. >> pelley: and that's cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news, all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald government shutdown.. and right now bay area l tonight, breaking news. the united states senate voting to end the government shutdown. and right now, bay area landmarks closed during the stalemate are already getting ready to re-open. good evening, i'm ken bastida. >> i'm elizabeth cook. in the past hour, the senate signed off on a deal to re-open the government and avert a first-ever national default. the measure would fund the government through january 15 and raise the debt ceiling until february 7 with no major changes to obamacare. the deal directs congress to attempt a budget agreement by mid-december. about a half hour, the president said he is standing by pen in hand. >> once this agreement arrives on my desk i will sign it immediately. we will begin re-opening our government immediately. and we can begin to let this
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included of uncertainty and unease from our businesses and from the american people. >> the president will sign the agreement right after the house approves it and cbs news reports that there are enough republican and democrats in the house to will vote to approve it. that's expected to happen a short time from now. >> so if they get this deal signed tonight, how long will it take things to get back to normal around here? in some cases, by the time you wake up in the morning. >> yes, they did! w ah! >> the first tour leaves at 9107 tomorrow. >> reporter: news of a deal in washington spread fast on san francisco's embarcadero today. >> that's right. we did just re-open for selling tickets. >> reporter: and while they may get as little as 8 hours of official notice, the folks who run alcatraz tours are ready to go. >> we're ready tomorrow morning at 0:600 when we take the first utility run out to the island and 8:20

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