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Global Journalist
9:01 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

How the US debt-ceiling crisis affected America's foreign standing

At dawn, the sun breaks through dark clouds over Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 7, 2013.
Credit J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

Foreign countries were generally puzzled by the U.S. government’s partial shutdown and its flirtation with the debt ceiling. With the debt authorization deadline fast approaching, the newspaper Le Monde’s front-page story had this headline, referring to France’s favorite founding father: “Jefferson, wake up, they’ve gone crazy.” 

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