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U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speak to reporters Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, about the partial government shutdown. Behind Klobuchar is Sen. Heidi Heidkamp, D-N.D. (Reuters photo)

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ST. PAUL -- U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer summed up the past few weeks of federal political debates, including a 16-day government shutdown, like many Americans would: “What in the Sam Hill is wrong with this town?”


Most around Washington seem to expect better results when the next budget deadline arrives, or at least they hope so. The optimism comes in large part because of the ugly lead-up to Wednesday night’s shutdown solution.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.