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Obama: shutdown encouraged US foes, depressed friends

US President Barack Obama speaks about the reopening of government following a shutdown in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, October 17, 2013US President Barack Obama warned Thursday that America's political dysfunction had encouraged its enemies and depressed its friends, and said the crisis had left "no winners" in Washington. In trying to heal the wounds of the last two weeks of political drama, Obama hoped to avoid a new round of brinkmanship within months after a temporary truce between Republicans and Democrats.