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House Makes Little Movement Toward Avoiding Automatic Budget Cuts

With automatic spending cuts totaling $85 billion scheduled to start Friday, Congressional leaders and President Obama continued maneuvering to avoid the political fallout. Melissa Block talks to Tamara Keith about the state of play and has details from a poll that suggests that Americans want to cut the deficit, but only in the abstract.
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Investigator: BP Wasn't Prepared For Disasters At Deepwater Oil Wells

Tuesday marked the second day of a civil trial connected to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in New Orleans. With opening statements over, plaintiffs began calling witnesses. Melissa Block talks to Jeff Brady.
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Obama Tries To Build Public Pressure On Congress Over Looming Budget Cuts

President Obama went to Newport News, Va., on Tuesday to highlight the effect automatic budget cuts will have on the military and its civilian workforce if sequestration takes effect on Friday.
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Bernanke Defends Fed's Stimulus Policy Of Low Interest Rates

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke defended the Fed's easy-money policies on Tuesday, saying the benefits outweigh the risks. He also urged Congress to avoid the sharp spending cuts that are set to take effect Friday.
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Family Dinner: Treasured Tradition Or Bygone Ideal?

We'd all like to live the Norman Rockwell scenario, but for some families, the hectic pace of modern life means dinners are often more likely to channel The Simpsons. Studies suggest that regular family meals contribute to healthy eating habits. So what to make of this tradition in transition?
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Anesthesia Care And Web-Surfing May Not Mix, Nurses Say

Is the operating room staff Facebooking when they should be monitoring vital signs? The nurse anestheticists say that's a potential patient safety problem.
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It's A Trap! 4 Possible Presidential Pitfalls

President Obama has begun his second term with great momentum, but history warns that he will be challenged to sustain himself by forces all around — and within — him.
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Daytona 500 Ratings Hit 5-Year High; Viewership Spikes In Cities

The Daytona 500 posted its strongest TV ratings since 2008, thanks to a buildup of attention drawn by Danica Patrick's history-making pole position and a horrendous crash during a race at the track Saturday. The biggest gains in viewership seem to have come in big cities.

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