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The Associated Press | October 18, 2013 03:02 AM EST | AP


"Some of the same folks who pushed for the shutdown and threatened default claimed their actions were needed to get America back on track. But probably nothing has done more damage to America's credibility to the world. ... It's encouraged our enemies. It's emboldened our competitors. And it's depressed our friends who look to us for steady leadership." — President Barack Obama in criticism directed at Republicans after the 16-day partial government shutdown ended.

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"Hopefully, the lesson is to stop this foolish childishness." — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., demanding his party make a course correction as the political fallout from the partial government shutdown continued.

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"It closes a chapter of my life in baseball. I feel like it's time for me to move on to other things. It's been a decision that weighed on me heavily ... at this point and time, it's the correct thing for me to do." — Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, 66, who is leaving his job as an executive for the Texas Rangers after 20 years.