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Republican House Bill Seeks to Protect Military Salaries in Event of Government Shutdown

Just in case Republicans close down the government over the Affordable Care Act, they are seeking to protect military personnel with a bill to keep salaries flowing despite a locked-down government. Congress has until midnight on Monday, when the fiscal year ends, to pass a bill to fund the government. After that deadline current appropriations […]

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Sequester Eve: Jobs Up, Unemployment Down

February looked bright for the US economy as more jobs than expected were posted, while unemployment figures fell to 7.7 percent. Analysts and economists are warning that the draconian budget cuts about to go into effect automatically could erase the gains and send the economy back to the doldrums. Democrat and Republican lawmakers are at […]

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Speaker Boehner Takes Giant Step Toward Obama to Prevent Fall From Fiscal Cliff

For the first time Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner has backed off from his maximal position and agreed to Obama’s proposal to raise taxes for America’s wealthiest earners. In exchange for this compromise Boehner wants Obama to agree to large budget cuts in entitlement programs. Boehner offered to implement a raise in Bush-era […]

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Negotiations Begin to Navigate Away from the Fiscal Cliff

Friday saw the opening meeting of what is sure to be a long difficult discussion between the White House and law makers to find a mutually agreeable way to avoid falling off of the coming so-called fiscal cliff. Congressional leaders met with President Obama, striking a pose of conciliation and compromise, but the details of […]