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The Potential Impact Of Sequestration

The U.S. is bracing for steep, across-the-board cuts in the federal budget. If implemented, they could mean furloughs at the Pentagon, longer airport security lines and delays in food inspection.

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Panetta: Furloughs Could Hit 'Vast Majority' Of Pentagon Workers

The "vast majority" of civilian workers with the Defense Department would face furloughs if the automatic spending cuts are allowed to kick in March 1, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday.


Same Old Standoff In Washington?

President Obama wants Congress to act fast to avoid massive government budget cuts that could hit in March. Washington is seeing more gridlock as Republicans blocked a vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. Host Michel Martin talks about the latest in politics.

Single-Family Housing Starts Edged Up In January

The housing sector has been among the economy's bright spots. The news about single-family homes is a sign that trend will continue.

Automatic Spending Cut Would Cause 'Hardship' For People

The Pentagon plans to notify members of Congress Wednesday about its plans to furlough some 800,000 civilian employees later this spring. That's just one consequence of the federal government's automatic spending cuts which are due to take effect next week. President Obama is urging Congress to halt the cuts, at least temporarily, while lawmakers try to craft a more lasting budget agreement.

When A Bad Economy Means Working 'Forever'

Janet Sims-Wood, 67, is like millions of other seniors still working in order to make ends meet. For the part-time librarian, the recession put a huge dent in her savings, so she expects she'll have to work as long as her health allows.

Whose Sequester Is It Anyway?

It's widely accepted that indiscriminate spending cuts in defense and domestic programs due to start March 1 are likely to occur owing to the failure of President Obama and the Republican-led House to reach an agreement. But where voters will place most of the blame is still an open question.

End Of Winter Drives Nation's Gas Prices Uphill

Gas prices typically rise this time of year as refineries switch to summertime formulas, which are designed to reduce smog. But because of maintenance work — partially delayed by Superstorm Sandy — the run-up in prices is happening earlier this year.