What we’re watching Thursday
Shutdown Aftermath and International Reaction
Government agencies reopen today after late-night Congressional action last night to end shutdown through Jan. 15 and raise the debt limit until Feb. 7
Xinhau, China’s state news agency criticizes U.S. deficits and says the deal to end the shutdown only makes “the fuse of the U.S. debt bomb one inch longer.”
IMF urges more stable management of U.S. finances
Italian Prime Minister Visits Washington, D.C.
President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Italian Prime Minister Enrico Lettaat 11:30 a.m. EDT to discuss a proposed trans-Atlantic trade agreement and security concerns in the Middle East. Prime Minister Letta spoke with Judy Woodruff Wednesday about the importance of a U.S. budget deal on international market stability, the ongoing Euro crisis recovery and Italy’s next move on immigration reform.