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Student loans, gov't pensions eyed by budgeteers

The White House and key lawmakers are considering reductions in student loan subsidies, farm payments and support for federal workers' pensions as they search for cuts... Read more »

May 18, 2011

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Senate takes up bill repealing $2B oil tax breaks

The Senate is voting on a bill Tuesday that would repeal about $2 billion a year in tax breaks for the five biggest oil companies, a Democratic response to $4-a-gallon... Read more »

May 17, 2011

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Debt ceiling catalyst

The frustrating thing about Washington's ongoing budget negotiations is that any effort to seriously rein in spending is automatically hammered by loud voices accusing... Read more »

May 16, 2011

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Republicans feel hopeful of regaining Senate power

WASHINGTON — Just two years after watching Democrats claim a 60th seat in the Senate, Republicans are heading into the 2012 election season well positioned to... Read more »

May 15, 2011

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Finances look worse for Medicare, Social Security

The bad economy is worsening the already-shaky finances of Medicare and Social Security, draining the trust funds supporting them faster than expected and intensifying... Read more »

May 13, 2011

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Finances look worse for Medicare, Social Security

The bad economy has shortened the life of the trust funds that support Social Security and Medicare, the nation's two biggest benefit programs, the government reported... Read more »

May 13, 2011

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