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Spending Standoff Keeps NIH Chimps in Lockdown

About 60 chimpanzees housed at research facilities in Louisiana for the National Institutes of Health are due to move to a special sanctuary, a kind of retirement they’ve been granted after a grim lifetime as laboratory test subjects.

For Appropriators, Olmsted Project Is No Anomaly

The same provision that ignited a backlash this month against the Senate’s top Republican for a so-called “Kentucky kickback” went unnoticed in July, when lawmakers had the opportunity to freely offer amendments to a regular spending bill.

Oregon Eases Privacy Fears About Mileage-Based Highway Tax

The architect of a new mileage-based tax system in Oregon says his state has figured out how to assuage privacy fears, paving the way for serious consideration of the plan as a replacement for the gas tax.

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Congress Eyes Virginia's Model for Funding Transportation Projects

The model for fixing the federal transportation funding shortfall may lie just across the Potomac River.

America Didn't Invent the Shutdown, Didn't Learn From It Either | Commentary

Mark Twain famously quipped, “History doesn’t repeat, but it does rhyme.” He might have been talking about the government shutdown in Washington this month.

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Obama Wants Immigration, Farm, Budget Deals

President Barack Obama scolded congressional Republicans on Thursday morning for shutting down the government and flirting with default, while hoping that the end to the episode would lead to budget, immigration and farm bills by the end of the year.

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Budget Conference Would Be No Slam Dunk

Whenever the dust settles on the debt and government shutdown crises, the House and Senate appear likely to embark on a new round of budget talks under the auspices of a now-rare bicameral conference committee.

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Echoes of TARP in Fiscal Fight, but Ties Have Soured

The House and Senate leaders who are forging a deal to reopen the government and avert a historic debt default still must find a way to get the votes to pass it. They are working against a five-year history of mutual acrimony, mistrust, recrimination and, strangely enough, success.

Time to Build Bonds of Trust and Get Back to the Bargaining Table | Commentary

Nearly every morning since the government has been shut down, several dozen of us have been getting together wherever we can find a space — most often in the cold, dark basement of a Tex-Mex restaurant on Capitol Hill.

Investing in a Joint Force Can Trump Sequester, Protect America | Commentary

The sequester’s automatic, across-the-board budget cuts have hit the Defense Department hard since they went into effect in March, taking $50 billion out of the Pentagon on top of earlier cuts made by the Obama administration. For the Air Force — the service I led for four years — the consequences of these cuts have included having to ground squadrons temporarily, cut training hours for pilots and crews, defer billions of dollars in maintenance, and even investigate the possibility of retiring entire fleets of tanker and attack aircraft.

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Hourly Mandate Prompts a Full-Time Work Debate

For opponents of the 2010 health care law, this has become one of the most popular talking points: The mandates on business will force Americans out of full-time jobs and into part-time work.

Obama Pans GOP Supercommittee Idea

President Barack Obama dismissed the House GOP’s newest idea of creating a supercommittee to deal with budget, suggesting it was a ruse to force Democrats to agree to concessions in return for reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling.

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Will a Sidecar Help Avert Debt Limit Disaster?

With both Speaker John A. Boehner and President Barack Obama stuck in their corners on reopening the government, the dispute over the debt ceiling has taken center stage.

For Spending Bills, It's About Time

A single date tucked into a continuing resolution aimed at ending the government shutdown may well determine whether Congress passes any more fiscal 2014 spending bills.

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Once the Deciders on Spending, Appropriators Now Follow the Leaders

There’s little doubt that if the two lawmakers who share control of the budgets of most federal programs had their way, fiscal 2014 would have started Oct. 1 with the federal government operating on a normal basis.

Obama Warns Social Security Checks Will Be Delayed Absent Debt Limit Hike

Seniors who rely on their Social Security checks might want to start pinching their pennies.

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Leaders, Obama Fail to Reach Budget Deal

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders failed to reach a deal Wednesday evening to end the government shutdown or avert a looming debt default.

Obama: 'This Time Is Different'

President Barack Obama warned Wall Street on Wednesday that they should be worried about a government default.

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Obama Won't Negotiate Until Shutdown Ends

President Barack Obama won’t negotiate a budget with Republicans until they reopen the government, Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Wednesday.

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Obama Invites Leaders to White House to Talk Shutdown, Debt

President Barack Obama has invited congressional leaders to the White House to discuss the government shutdown and the debt ceiling, according to spokeswoman Amy Brundage.

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