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5 Things To Know About The Congressional Budget Fight

As if the federal budget process isn't confusing enough, now it's being complicated by a partisan war on Capitol Hill. What's really going on?
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Obama Chooses Former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White To Head SEC

White, who prosecuted terrorists during her time as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, would succeed Mary Schapiro, who stepped down in December. The president is also planning to renominate Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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After Clinton's 'Outrage,' It's On To Kerry's Confirmation Hearing

VIDEO: See the secretary of state's sharp words for Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., after he accuses the Obama administration of misleading the nation about who was behind last September's attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.
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Norton Introduces D.C. Voting Rights, Statehood Bills

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced three bills that would increase D.C. autonomy this week — although none of them are expected to go anywhere in the Republican-led House of Representatives.

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'No Budget, No Pay' To Fuel Congressional Budget Talks

If Congressional lawmakers fail to pass a budget, they will have to forego their paychecks. That was part of a compromise reached Wednesday to raise the debt ceiling.

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Analysis: O'Malley Building His Brand For Presidential Run In 2016

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley has staked out positions that will endear him to liberal members of the Democratic Party, but as Josh Kraushaar of the National Journal explains, the effects on his general election prospects are cloudier.

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Gas Tax Headlines Proposals Out Of Maryland Senate

The Maryland Senate fielded a slew of proposals on Wednesday, but the one most likely to garner attention is a proposal to raise the gas tax in the state for the first time in decades.

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Don't Expect States To Cooperate

States are now governed pretty much by one party or the other, which nearly as often as not enjoys supermajority status in legislatures, according to a report by the Pew Center on the States. That means individual states will be moving in different direction on everything from abortion to tax policy — and many are likely to resist laws set in Washington.
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House Passes GOP's Debt-Ceiling Plan; Senate Democrats Offer Their Support

The "No Budget, No Pay" act would withhold lawmakers' pay if they don't pass a new budget by April 15. In exchange, Republicans say, the borrowing limit would be extended into May. That would avoid another battle over raising that borrowing ceiling.

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