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President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government unlocked its doors Thursday after 16 days, with President Barack Obama saluting the resolution of Congress’ bitter standoff but lambasting Republicans for the partial shutdown that he said had damaged the U.S. economy and America’s credibility around the world.

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