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President Barack Obama's Democratic allies in the Senate are unveiling legislation to avoid a looming set of sharp, across-the-board spending cuts set to strike the Pentagon and domestic agencies in just two weeks.

Modified: 02/14/13 11:08:19 AM

President Barack Obama's emphasis on job creation recycles some old ideas and introduces some new ones, many of which face long odds in a divided Congress where Republicans have little appetite for more spending, raised taxes or new burdens on business.

Modified: 02/13/13 08:19:37 PM

Declaring that America is losing an aggressive cyber-espionage campaign waged from China, administration officials and lawmakers on Wednesday agreed to push legislation that would make it easier for the government and industry to share information about who is getting hacked and what to do about it.

Modified: 02/13/13 06:01:53 PM
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Sens. Marco Rubio’s and Rand Paul’s delivery of back-to-back rebuttals of President Barack Obama’s speech to Congress – Rubio as the Republican response, Paul as the tea party rejoinder – raises some tantalizing questions:

Modified: 02/14/13 06:51:35 AM
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The Senate's top Democrat has set the stage for a full Senate vote by the end of the week on President Barack Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary.

Modified: 02/13/13 05:21:13 PM

Senate Republican leaders on Wednesday demonstrated the fissures that continue to linger over proposals to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws.

Modified: 02/14/13 07:46:31 AM
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Three people have been charged with participating in an international smuggling ring that traffics in the horns of endangered black rhinos.

Modified: 02/13/13 06:24:41 PM

Republicans forced the budget crisis that helped create the pending across-the-board cuts in the first place. And Republicans provided crucial votes for the 2011 deal that ended that impasse, an agreement that’s about to trigger $85 billion in automatic spending reductions March 1. The idea of the budget cuts did come from the White House two summers ago, as a last-ditch effort to jump-start stalled negotiations.

Modified: 02/14/13 06:41:25 AM
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President Barack Obama says raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour and tying future increases to inflation will boost the incomes of millions living in poverty and spur job growth by pouring more money into the economy. But business groups are not so sure.

Modified: 02/14/13 04:06:23 AM

Say goodbye to mail postmarked Olympia or Tacoma along with 168 South Sound postal jobs if a plan unveiled Thursday comes to fruition.

Modified: 02/13/13 04:29:38 PM

Talk in recent weeks of post office closings and the elimination of Saturday mail delivery has shifted to a more dire prospect: The entire U.S. Postal Service could go out of business within a year. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the postal service is running out of money and could go into default as soon as next month unless Congress acts, he testified at a Senate hearing Tuesday.

Modified: 09/07/11 08:00:04 AM

Warning of an imminent financial crisis, President Barack Obama on Monday proposed bailing out the United States Postal Service, urging that it be allowed to cut mail delivery to five days a week and raise the price of stamps.

Modified: 09/19/11 10:41:37 PM
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