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Automatic Cuts: Necessary Medicine Or Doomsday?

If a congressional supercommittee fails to agree on $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction, it could trigger automatic across-the-board cuts in spending. Both conservatives and liberals fear the cuts could be draconian. But others say the automatic trigger is the only real hope for curbing government spending.
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By Attacking The Media, Gingrich Built A Following

Gingrich may have found his voice by turning the tables on the political press. Republicans have been doing this fourth-estate two-step for decades — quite explicitly at least since Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew in 1968. That might work for the back-of-the-pack, but how will it play for a front-runner?
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Can A President Really Fix A Bad Economy?

Obama inherited the worst economy of any president since Franklin Roosevelt. But like his predecessors, he's finding that the blame is all his when times remain tough.
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Survey: Job Satisfaction For Federal Workers Down

Survey results show that job satisfaction amongst federal workers is down 1.5 percent this year -- Ed O'Keefe of the Washington Post offers insight the meaning behind the discrepancies between agencies.

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Newt Gingrich's Freddie Mac Ties Could Be Poison In GOP Race

In about a week, we've gone from Newt Gingrich saying during a debate that he was paid $300,000 to tell Freddie Mac "as a historian" to his firm being paid nearly $2 million by the mortgage-financing giant as a former House speaker to provide strategic advice. There's no telling what added details another week might bring.
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In Swing Through Sunshine State, Cain Struggles To Regain Momentum

Florida is where Cain for a time became a frontrunner — winning the GOP straw poll here two months ago. In a visit to southern Florida Wednesday, Cain sought to turn attention back to his 9-9-9 tax plan.

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