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Morning Maddow: October 17

Morning headlines: the government is back, Pres. Obama speaks later this morning, why the resolution of the stalemate may be too late for Antarctic research.

Federal workers are back on the job today. (NBC)

Meet the House budget conferees and their Senate counterparts. (The Hill)

We will hear from President Obama on the end of the shutdown later this morning. (TPM)

Even though the government is back open, Antarctic research may not recover. (Un iversity Daily Kansan) 

Democrat Cory Booker wins the open N.J. Senate seat. (Star-Ledger) 

Report: the head of the NSA and his deputy are expected to step down. (Reuters) 

Virginia has purged 40,000 names from the voter rolls ahead of next month's election. (Staunton News Leader) 

There's a massive, international earthquake drill happening today. (AP)