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House, Senate Stalemate Over Spending Bill Days Before Potential Shutdown

So long as Republicans control the House and Democrats the Senate and White House, a basic dynamic appears to be set. On any must-pass legislation, the House GOP will attach spending cuts Democrats find objectionable and reject in turn. A stalemate happens with both sides staring each other down.Only when a grand mal failure of government is at the threshold, a government shutdown or debt default, will a compromise be reached.
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CQ Roll Call: Fiscal Budget Needed To Avert Shutdown, Lamar Alexander To Step Down

The federal government's fiscal year comes to a close next week, and so far there's no budget for the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1. The House passed a stopgap measure to provide federal disaster aid and to keep the government running for seven weeks.

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Also-Rans: What Drives The Perennial Candidates?

Some candidates run for the White House over and over again, usually with little effect on the race itself. What do they get out of it? Why do they bother? "My ultimate goal is actually ... to win," says fourth-time hopeful Joe Schriner. "Seriously."
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'Shop Talk': Death Penalty, GOP Debate

Troy Davis was executed Wednesday for the 1989 death of a police officer, despite protests nationwide and Davis' innocence plea. Also, Thursday night's GOP presidential primary debate included heated exchanges between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. Weighing in are the Barbershop guys: author Jimi Izrael, columnist Ruben Navarrette, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar and GOP strategist Ron Christie.
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Boos Heard At GOP Debate After Gay Soldier Asks About 'Don't Ask'

His question was directed to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. There was strong applause when the candidate repeated his position in favor of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that was ended this week.
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Romney, Perry Dominate GOP Presidential Debate

Even though there were nine contenders, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry were the highlights of much of Thursday night's GOP presidential debate in Orlando, Fla. The two leading candidates had a chance to attack each others positions on social security, health care and immigration.
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Sen. Lamar Alexander Gives Up Leadership Spot

The Senate leadership experienced a minor shakeup this week when Lamar Alexander announced he was giving up his No. 3 spot. He said he could accomplish more outside leadership than from within.
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Obama's Jobs Bill Pitch: A Bridge To Nowhere?

The president traveled to Ohio's Brent Spence Bridge on Thursday to help sell his jobs bill. He says if the country doesn't invest in its infrastructure now, it will pay later. While everyone agrees the bridge is badly in need of repair, Republicans say the president's jobs bill won't get it done.

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