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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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How New Jersey's High-Flying Sen. Menendez Ran Into Turbulence

Robert Menendez was re-elected in a landslide and recently became chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee. But the Democratic senator has been hit with an ethics probe amid scrutiny over his ties to a wealthy Florida eye doctor and big political donor.
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Sen. Mike Johanns Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

The Republican senator is a two-term governor of the state who ran for Senate in 2007. He was President Bush's agriculture secretary. His term ends in 2014.

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