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Some Public Defenders Warn: 'We Have Nothing Left To Cut'

Around the country, budget cuts are bringing some federal public defenders to the breaking point. "We can't not pay the rent, and ... everything else is personnel. We can't send a computer to court," says Washington, D.C., public defender A.J. Kramer.
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Obama's Budget: What To Expect

Even a budget proposal that's likely nowhere gives a president the chance to state priorities and place dollar amounts next to them.
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Will You Be Chained To A Smaller Check In Retirement?

Many economists would applaud a change in the way Social Security administrators measure inflation. But many older Americans may hiss at using something called the "chained CPI," fearing a new formula will cut their benefits in coming years.
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Republican Senators Threaten To Filibuster Gun Control Bill

Melissa Block talks to Idaho Sen. James Risch about opposing the gun legislation Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to move to the floor later this week. Risch was one of thirteen Republican senators who signed a letter addressed to Sen. Reid on Monday, threatening to filibuster the bill.
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Senate Committee: Campaign Finance Laws Aren't Enforced

Senators on a Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday heard about the hundreds of millions of dollars spent in political campaigns last year from secret donors, and why federal agencies are nearly powerless to do anything about it.
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Obama's Late Budget Submission A Strategic Move

President Obama submits his budget on Wednesday and he's more than two months late. But there's a political strategy behind his tardiness — he waited until after both House Republicans and Senate Democrats passed their budget plans.

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