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The sun rises over the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington, October 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Americans skeptical of leaders, economy after budget standoff

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By Amanda Becker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans surveyed after the political standoff that shut down the U.S. government for more than two weeks are skeptical of the efficacy of their Congressional leaders and pessimistic about the current and future health of the economy, according to polls released on Tuesday.

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