The government shutdown is over for now, but political rivals are already scratching their heads trying to figure out how they'll solve the same fight when it comes up again early next year.
Mainstream Republicans are criticizing right-wing, tea party conservatives in Congress, arguing that their refusal to compromise has devastated the party's approval rating and standing with the American People.
A clear divide over the health care law separates the emerging field of potential GOP candidates for the 2016 presidential race, previewing the battles ahead as they try to rebuild their party and seize the White House.
In an interview aired Wednesday with ABC News, the former president says his brother would be, in his words, a "marvelous candidate."
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