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Signs of relief, widespread disgust

Signs of relief, widespread disgust

A collective sense of relief resonated across the nation Saturday, now that a federal government shutdown is merely a thought of what could have been. Thousands of tourists poured into…

Last-minute deal avoids shutdown

Last-minute deal avoids shutdown

A last minute budget deal, forged amid bluster and tough bargaining, averted an embarrassing federal shutdown and cut billions in spending — the first major test of the divided government…

Budget battle tests Obama’s leadership

Budget battle tests Obama’s leadership

President Barack Obama promised to change Washington’s ways. Yet he is as caught up in them as ever. It was just at the start of this week that Obama launched…

Planned parenthood, abotion and budgets

Planned parenthood, abotion and budgets

Republicans portray Planned Parenthood as primarily focused on performing abortions and — intentionally or not — using American taxpayer dollars to do it. Not so, say Democrats who counter that…

IRS snitch gets $4.5 million whistleblower award

IRS snitch gets $4.5 million whistleblower award

An accountant who tipped off the IRS that his employer was skimping on taxes has received $4.5 million in the first IRS whistleblower award. The accountant’s tip netted the IRS…

Terror suspects secretly detained for weeks

Terror suspects secretly detained for weeks

“Black sites,” the secret network of jails that grew up after the Sept. 11 attacks, are gone. But suspected terrorists are still being held under hazy circumstances with uncertain rights…

Time is running out

Time is running out

Uncomfortably close to a deadline, President Barack Obama and top congressional leaders have only hours to avert a Friday midnight government shutdown that all sides say would inconvenience millions of…

Workers brace for government shutdown

Workers brace for government shutdown

A weather forecaster says he may have to live off the money he’s been setting aside for a Caribbean vacation. A worker in Washington hopes to polish his resume so…

Shadow of Newt Gingrich looms over shutdown

Shadow of Newt Gingrich looms over shutdown

In this Nov. 20, 1995, file photo, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, of Ga., holds the original budget compromise given to him by White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta during…

Social Security ending mailed earning statements

Social Security ending mailed earning statements

Those yearly statements that Social Security mails out — here’s what you’d get if you retired at 62, at 66, at 70 — will soon stop arriving in workers’ mailboxes.…