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Congress aims to finish 2011 spending plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional leaders and the White House voiced support on Tuesday for striking a deal on funding for the government through September 30, setting up talks in earnest on how much public spending to cut. Read the full story.
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Challenges to Dodd-Frank surface in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first targeted legislative challenges to 2010’s Dodd-Frank financial regulation reforms are emerging in the Congress, with nine senators introducing a bipartisan bill on Tuesday to delay a proposed cap on debit card interchange fees. Read the full story.
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Miami area mayor faces ouster in major recall vote

MIAMI (Reuters) – Voters in one of the most populous counties in the United States went to the polls on Tuesday for a recall vote, spearheaded by a billionaire anti-tax crusader, aimed at toppling a once-popular Republican mayor. Read the full story.
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Governor unveils cuts to close Ohio budget gap

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich on Tuesday unveiled a $55.5 billion two-year budget that sells off five prisons and slices aid to local governments to help close an $8 billion budget gap. Read the full story.
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Petraeus: tough spring ahead, but Afghan drawdown on

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan delivered an optimistic assessment of the unpopular war on Tuesday, telling lawmakers his troops will continue to make headway against Taliban insurgents even with a drawdown of American troops set to begin in July. Read the full story.
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