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Local Impact: Federal Spending and the D.C. Area

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Debate about government spending is playing a key role in the 2012 election season. But discussion on the scope of the federal government takes on special significance in the D.C. area, where nearly everyone has some tie to Uncle Sam. In a special series informed by the Public Insight Network, WAMU 88.5 looks at the economic, political and emotional impacts of some fundamental questions: What role should the government play? And at what cost?
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Analysis: State Of The Union Signals For Federal Workforce

The State of the Union address and the Republican response sent strong signals about the major parties' stance on government spending and sequester cuts, as Government Executive's Tom Shoop explains.

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Part 4: Morale Of Federal Workers Fluctuates As Cuts Loom

Federal employees have expressed frustration at the prospect of doing their jobs on diminished budgets, but workers are not uniformly opposed to looming federal cuts, and some even welcome the debate.

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Part 3: In Presidential Race, Both Sides Woo Federal Workers

Federal workers are expected to play a big role in deciding swing state Virginia in November's elections. But while many assume Republican rhetoric about smaller government would sway them toward the left, it's not that simple.

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Part 2: D.C. Area Braces For Impacts Of Federal Budget Cuts

There's a new dirty word circulating in federal government and employee circles — "sequestration" — and it's a big word that could carry a lot of big impacts.

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Part 1: 'It's Complicated': The Federal Government And The D.C. Region

The D.C. area's many ties to the federal government make the local debate about federal spending particularly complicated — but residents in the region are willing to have that deeper discussion. 

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