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Political Dysfunction Harms U.S. Global Standing: Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry blamed the government shutdown that ended last week for fueling international doubts about America’s commitment to global leadership, eroding U.S. standing and influence.

Kerry spoke yesterday as some of America’s closest allies are criticizing U.S. electronic spying and questioning its resolve in confronting international crises. The discord risks undermining longtime alliances and support for the Obama administration’s pursuit of negotiations with Iran and Syria.