This week marked the end of the government shutdown but just the beginning for 2014 elections and a new budget deal. Here's a look back at the stories you may have missed while you were following the debt ceiling debate.


Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) wins a conservative straw poll over the weekend at the Values Voter Summit, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker could be in hot water for phantom job transfers, Sarah Palin will speak at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's fall fundraiser, Omaha City Council member Pete Festerson (D) will challenge Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) and Gabby Giffords attends a New York gun show (her first one since the Arizona shooting) as part of an effort to promote common-sense gun law reform. (Watch Monday's highlight reel here.)


It's primary day in Massachusetts's 5th Congressional District, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has a new Democratic challenger in Amardeep Kaleka (whose father was murdered in the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting), Alison Lundergan Grimes is raking in fundraising money in her race against Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), ex-San Diego mayor Bob Filner pleads guilty to three charges and Rielle Hunter apologizes for her affair with former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. (Watch Tuesday's highlight reel here.)

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner was in front of a judge on Tuesday. Plus, news on Rielle Hunter and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Highlights from today's political headlines all in 100 seconds. (The Washington Post)


State Sen. Katherine Clark (D) wins the primary in Massachusetts's 5th Congressional District, Liz Cheney outdoes Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) when it comes to fundraising, Terry McAuliffe increases his fundraising lead over Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Warren Buffett thinks there should be no debt ceiling and the Houston Chronicle regrets endorsing Cruz. (Watch Wednesday's highlight reel here)

In a scathing editorial, a major newspaper says it wants Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison back. Plus, news from races in Massachusetts and Wyoming. Highlights from today's political headlines – all in 100 seconds. (The Washington Post)


Newark Mayor Cory Booker wins a New Jersey Senate seat, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal launches a conservative nonprofit sparking speculation of a future presidential run, Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) GOP challenger Matt Bevin slams the House minority leader for working with Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and selling out Kentuckians, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran (R) gets a primary challenger after voting with Congress to end the shutdown, and former Texas senator Kay Bailey Hutchison blasts her successor Cruz for his "kamikaze mission" to end Obamacare. (Watch Thursday's highlight reel here.)

The former Texas senator blasted a fellow Republican on his "kamikaze mission" to defund Obamacare. Plus, news on races in Mississippi and Kentucky. Highlights from today's political headlines – all in 100 seconds. (The Washington Post)


Former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer is considering a possible presidential run, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will not resign over the launch of Obamacare (according to her siblings), former House speaker Tom Foley dies, Ken Cuccinelli continues to slip behind Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor's race and the House is in play. (Watch Friday's highlight reel here.)

A major political analyst moved a record 14 House seats toward the Democrats in 2014. Plus, a possible 2016 Democratic presidential contender —and no, it isn't Hillary. Highlights from today's political headlines — all in 100 seconds. (The Washington Post)

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