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Senate adopted the House’s solution of extending automatic cuts to Medicare to accompany the pension increase.
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The presidential race may come down to intangible personal qualities.
Senator Kelly Ayotte called Friday for an investigation into overtime abuses by employees of the Department of Homeland Security.
Nia-Malika Henderson and Jackie Kucinich
The conservative gathering gives activists a chance to mull over “the woman problem,” yet not many high-profile, elected women will be on the stage.
Republicans complained that the latest proposal did not have a proper offsetting spending cut to lessen the impact on the federal deficit.
Paul Kane and Aaron Blake
Despite some drama, the bill wound up clearing a key procedural hurdle by a vote of 60 to 37, with six Republicans voting in support.