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August 31, 2014 | NPR · On Sunday, Iraqi and Kurdish forces broke a nearly 80-day siege by the Islamic State on the town of Amerli, where residents now have enough food and water for the first time in weeks.
 
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August 31, 2014 | NPR · Immigration remains one of the most challenging issues for President Obama. Political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the political cost of the choices before him with Linda Wertheimer.
 

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Mar 4, 2014 — The president's blueprint is not expected to have a much of an impact on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers already have a two-year deal on spending.
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Apr 26, 2013 — The Senate passed the legislation on Thursday. President Obama will sign it, the White House says. This means the FAA will be able to shift funds so that the number of air traffic controllers on duty no longer needs to be reduced in order to satisfy sequestration.
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Mar 12, 2013 — While "opponents will shout austerity," the Republican lawmaker says his plan would still let federal spending grow. It just wouldn't grow as quickly as now projected, he says, and would come into balance if the economy continues to expand and boosts federal revenue.
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Feb 26, 2013 — As Friday's deadline approaches, we're pointing to stories that should help everyone get ready. Today's choices: "Sequester, never heard of it;" "when will the cuts be felt;" and "is Obama telling the truth?"
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Dec 15, 2011 — The political wrangling continues in Washington as Republicans and Democrats try to get their priorities enacted even as several key deadlines fast approach.
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Nov 22, 2011 — The failure to agree on a way to trim budget deficits will give both major parties plenty of ammunition for next year's campaigns.
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Nov 21, 2011 — The likely collapse of the so-called supercommittee's efforts to put together a deficit-reduction deal and continued concern about the debt crisis in Europe are pushing stocks down on Wall Street.
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Nov 16, 2011 — But with one week go to before the so-called supercommittee is supposed to announce a deficit-reduction plan, it's still far from certain that the lawmakers will reach that goal.
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Sep 22, 2011 — The House Budget Committee chairman airs his doubts about President Obama's jobs plan.
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Jul 26, 2011 — It would have been interesting to see who the 25 percent of lawmakers were who didn't vote for any of the policies the Post focused on. Even Rep. Ron Paul, the Texas Republican presidential candidate didn't make the cut; he voted for the Bush tax cuts.
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