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Obama Again Calls For Balanced Plan For Cuts

President Obama spoke Tuesday about the impacts of deep spending cuts scheduled to take effect March 1. With a group of first responders in uniform standing behind him in the White House, he said if Congress doesn't stop the cuts, responders won't be able to help communities respond to disasters.
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Sequestration: Are the Negations Just 'Theater?'

The Defense Department and other government agencies are preparing for the possible government budget cuts known as sequestration. Host Michel Martin talks with Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Robbins of the Defense Department and Washington Post 'Federal Diary' columnist Joe Davidson about who'll be affected.
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Obama Pushes Congress To Avoid Automatic Cuts; GOP Says It's Not The Problem

While the president again charged that Republicans aren't willing to close tax loopholes for the rich, Republicans repeated that they think Obama just "wants to spend more." Automatic cuts are set to start March 1.

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Obama To Challenge GOP To Compromise On Budget Cuts

Unless Congress and the president can agree on an alternative, in less than two weeks the government will be facing across-the-board cuts in everything from defense to domestic spending. Linda Wertheimer talks to David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, about the impact of the impending spending cuts known as the sequester.
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Maryland GOP To Consider Leadership Change

The strains of trying to pursue the Republican agenda in a blue state like Maryland may be proving too much, as members of the House GOP have set a date for a meeting to review their current leadership.

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Get A Social Security Check? Treasury Says It's Time To Go Electronic

Every month, the government sends out about 5 million paper checks to Americans who receive federal benefits. As of March 1, however, the Treasury Department is planning to make those checks a thing of the past. It's encouraging holdouts to move to direct deposit or a debit card.

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