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Analysis: As Sequester Looms, Untangling The Web Of Federal Furloughs

The automatic federal budget cuts are expected to be messy, but as Tom Shoop of Government Executive explains, it becomes more complicated when the agency in charge of furlough appeals is itself subject to cuts.

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Hagel Sworn In As Defense Secretary

After a somewhat stormy debate in the Senate over his confirmation, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) has taken over the top job at the Pentagon.

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Virginia To Crack Down On Texting While Driving

Fiddling with your phone may soon get you pulled over in Virginia, if legislation is approved by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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Analysis: Sen. Warner Pushes School Safety Measures

Congress is tackling gun control legislation this week, and Sen. Mark Warner is using the opportunity to call for school safety measures.

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Countdown To Sequester: Three Stories That Sum It Up

A report says the biggest sequester burden will fall on the Washington, D.C., area, while the Pentagon is already shuffling deployments to save money.
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What Your Vote Could Mean For District Autonomy

In April, District voters will decide on a ballot question that could radically reshape the way the District of Columbia spends locally-raised tax revenues.

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Ex-State Rep. Likely To Replace Jesse Jackson Jr.

Former Illinois legislator Robin Kelly has captured the Democratic nomination in the race to replace disgraced former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. She is all but assured a win in April's general election because the Chicago-area district is overwhelmingly Democratic.
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Colleges Prepare For Automatic Federal Budget Cuts

Colleges and universities are bracing for steep spending reductions in student aid and research funding due to the looming sequestration process. Financial aid offices are scrambling to offset the drop. University researchers say they're already seeing delays in federal grant making.
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Across-The-Board Cuts Make Sequester Uniquely Painful

Government agencies don't have much leeway when they plan for budget cuts that are scheduled to take effect at the end of the week. The sequester law was designed to make it almost impossible for the government to dampen the impact.
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Deadline For Sequester Cuts Near

Usually when we come up to the edge of one of these deadlines there are 11th-hour negotiations, and the two parties manage to swerve away from the precipice at the last minute. What about this time?

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