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North Korea claims it successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, able to strike anywhere in the United States. Congress works to extend government funding before a December 8 deadline to avoid a shutdown as Republicans push their tax plan to passage. A fight over the new director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau goes to the courts. 

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Congress returns from its August recess next Tuesday. Lawmakers will debate raising the debt ceiling. They also need to pass a funding bill by September 30 to avoid a government shutdown. And they may have to take up a funding bill to provide billions in relief aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey. President Trump traveled to Texas to view the storm's destruction Tuesday and plans to return again this week.

Political Junkie Ken Rudin is back with us again, post-government shutdown, pre-whatever the next big crisis will be. Immigration, Obamacare round two, budget negotiations, the holiday version, or something not yet on the radar. Tune in, share your thoughts, and see if you can answer Ken’s trivia question this month. And Ken is now online, visit his website or podcast.

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Ohio Senator Rob Portman says he's glad the government is reopen, that the country didn't go over the debt limit, and that Wednesday night's agreement included specific language about income verification in the Affordable Care Act.

But he's not satisfied.

Some of Cincinnati's elected leaders are calling on national lawmakers to end the partial shutdown of the federal government. 

Mayor Mark Mallory said leaders need to end the conflict.  He said there are many examples of how the impasse is hurting the state's economy. 

Mallory said 7,500 people visit national parks in Ohio every day.

“So we’re in day 10 of this shutdown, 75,000 people have been turned away so far from national parks in the state of Ohio,” Mallory said.  “Resulting in a loss to our state economy of more than $2 million.”

Hamilton County's administrator says he's keeping an eye on how the federal shutdown may affect county programs. Sigman was asked about the the issue during Wednesday's county commission meeting by Commissioner Todd Portune.

Christian Sigman says agencies did a good job of communicating what would happen with grant funding for programs like food assistance.