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Lawmakers Voice Priorities Ahead Of Obama's 2013 Budget Release

Lawmakers in Maryland and Virginia are expressing their spending priorities for President Obama's 2013 budget.

Contraception, Abortion: A Reminder That It's Not Just The Economy, Stupid

Conventional wisdom says the presidential election will be decided on the state of the economy. But, as recent controversies attest, don't be surprised if the culture wars — battles over abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage — also play a role.
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Gray Lauds Obama's Push For D.C. Budget Autonomy

A provision in Obama's proposed 2013 budget calls for D.C. to spend its local tax dollars without having to go through Congress.

Obama's Budget: Political Tool Or Spending Plan?

Deficit reduction takes a back seat to job growth in the federal budget President Obama will unveil Monday. Republicans criticized the spending plan for raising taxes without doing more to stem the deficit. That disagreement is likely to frame the debate between now and the November election.

Contraception: Catholics Split On Insurance Debate

The Obama administration has revised a provision of the president's health care law concerning birth control coverage. Now, religious-affiliated organizations may decline to provide the coverage, but allow the employees to get free contraceptives through their health insurer.

Health Care In Massachusetts: 'Abject Failure' Or Work In Progress?

President Obama's health care overhaul was largely based on one that then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed into law in Massachusetts in 2006. Now, more than 98 percent of state residents have health insurance, and the law has drawn unexpected supporters. But controlling costs remains a challenge.

Strong In 2010, Where Is The Tea Party Now?

The Tea Party rallies that raged in cities across the country in 2009 have died down. As the Republican presidential race wraps up, and the GOP get closer to selecting a nominee, many Tea Party activists acknowledge that the days of the big rallies might be on hold. But some say that their ideas are now very much front and center.