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Dire Predictions Amid Another Looming Fiscal Battle

The Bush-era tax cuts expire at the end of the year, along with the payroll tax break; the nation's borrowing authority bumps against its limit; and huge mandatory spending cuts — half targeting defense — are set to kick in. All this could trigger another recession, but Congress is unlikely to do much about it until after November's election.
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Texas Senate Hopefuls Woo Republicans Of All Stripes

Three major Republican candidates are vying to replace Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who's retiring after serving for nearly 20 years. The front-runner is the state's lieutenant governor, who's backed by the GOP establishment. Challenging him are a Tea Party conservative and a former mayor of Dallas.
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For A Billionaire, $2M Gets You Superdonor Status

After winning the 1992 America's Cup race, Bill Koch — the brother of billionaire industrialists David and Charles — treated all 260-plus people on the team, plus their families, to a trip to Hawaii. Now, the lesser known Koch brother has entered the presidential derby big leagues with a $2 million donation to the superPAC supporting Mitt Romney.
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Obama Fires Back On Spending Accusations

President Obama has started hitting back at Republicans who accuse him of being the biggest-spending president in history, arguing that the increases in his budgets are the smallest in decades.
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Debt Ceiling Debate Returns To Capitol Hill

Last summer, Virginia almost lost its triple-A credit rating because of partisan sniping in Washington over raising the nation's debt ceiling. Now Republican leaders are drawing a line in the sand over that debate once again.

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Hey! You! The Unstoppable Rise Of Heckling

President Obama endures it. So does Mitt Romney. Comics make a living off it. And even a PGA golfer heard a chorus of taunts at a recent tournament. So what is it that makes heckling such a cultural institution?
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Warner And 'Gang Of Six' Craft Deficit Reduction Package

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is holding out hope that he and a bipartisan group of lawmakers can craft a broad package to reduce the deficit.

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