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Report: Congressional Gridlock Has Cost $1.3 Billion

The near-default on U.S. obligations cost $1.3 billion because of increased borrowing costs, according to a new GAO report. To put that in perspective, that's more than 1,600 times as much money as was wasted at a Las Vegas conference for government employees that the House has spent countless hours investigating.
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Romney Challenges Obama's Foreign Policy Record

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, Nev. He used the occasion for a sustained assault on President Obama's performance as commander in chief. Don Gonyea talks to Audie Cornish.
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NYT Excerpt: Offshore Banking In Belize

In his New York Times column, Adam Davidson describes setting up an offshore company — and discovering that it just takes a little money and less effort.
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The U.S. Mission To Mars

In early August, the Mars rover named Curiosity is slated to enter the Martian atmosphere. It will travel 13,200 miles per hour and then stop within seven minutes for a landing on the planet's surface. Diane and her guests talk about their hopes and fears for the mission to Mars.

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Feel-Good Photo: Gabrielle Giffords Atop A Mountain In France

The former congresswoman, who was critically wounded by a gunman in January 2011, looks thrilled to be high up in the Alps.
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Trucking Group Starts Campaign Against I-95 Tolls

The Virginia Department of Transportation's plan to implement tolls on I-95 south of Fredericksburg has drawn the ire of trucker groups, who are waging a campaign against the plan.

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At VFW, Romney Seeks To Dull Obama's National Security Sheen

President Obama has made national security an area of strength during his presidency. But Mitt Romney planned to use a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Tuesday to chip away at that advantage, hammering Obama on looming defense cuts and for alleged leaks from the White House.
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Obama To Vets: Tough Fights Abroad, At Home

President Obama spoke to the national Veterans of Foreign Wars convention Monday. Republican challenger Mitt Romney speaks to the group Tuesday.
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Ryan Offers Romney Risk, Reward

Among those on Mitt Romney's list of potential running mates, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has youth and experience. He's a conservative from a swing state, and he has big ideas and the policy chops to back them up. But the House Budget Committee chairman's fiscal ideas might cost Romney with independents.

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