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Daily Archives: December 26, 2012


A Yellow Pages Caucus was formed in Feb. 2012 to try to open up bidding for services performed by the government that can be done by private contractors.

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A Yellow Pages Caucus was formed in Feb. 2012 to try to open up bidding for services performed by the government that can be done by private contractors.

Contractor Pay Cap Reduction Killed

U.S. lawmakers may be looking to reduce the nation’s deficit, but they won’t be taking pay away from employees who work for the government’s army of contractors. Congress has decided to keep reimbursing federal contractors as much as $763,000 annually...

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Russia's Rosoboronexport state arms trader has a contract to supply  weapons to Syria, despite international calls to halt arms deliveries to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

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Russia's Rosoboronexport state arms trader has a contract to supply weapons to Syria, despite international calls to halt arms deliveries to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

Russian Firm Gets Symbolic Ban

U.S. lawmakers last week voted to prohibit Defense Department contracts with a Russian company that supplies weapons to Syria. The lawmakers’ intent was clear: No funds “may be used to enter into a contract” with Rosoboronexport, Russia’s state-run arms dealer,...

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The prices of the most expensive homes in Miami are increasing at a faster pace than the rest of the market there.

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The prices of the most expensive homes in Miami are increasing at a faster pace than the rest of the market there.

Movin’ On Up in Seattle, Miami

Trying to buy a piece of the pie in Miami or Seattle is becoming more expensive at a faster pace than the rest of the market. The prices of the most expensive homes in Seattle and Miami are increasing at a...

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A new poll shows more support for Democratic leaders in the talks, and less for the Republicans.

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A new poll shows more support for Democratic leaders in the talks, and less for the Republicans.

Gallup: More Americans Expect to Go Over Cliff

A Gallup poll out today shows increasing pessimism that President Barack Obama and Congress will be able to avoid the combination of tax increases and spending cuts known as the “fiscal cliff” by the Jan. 1 deadline. Just 50 percent...

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More than a latte: Starbucks stores across the nation’s capital are busy writing “Come Together” on paper cups and sleeves.

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More than a latte: Starbucks stores across the nation’s capital are busy writing “Come Together” on paper cups and sleeves.

Starbucks Fiscal Advice: Come Together

The Starbucks at 1401 New York Ave NW in Washington — two blocks east of the White House and across from the Treasury Department — believes it’s uniquely positioned to serve up some fiscal advice along with its peppermint mocha...

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The Port of Baltimore in Maryland, which could be part of the strike on Dec. 29.

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The Port of Baltimore in Maryland, which could be part of the strike on Dec. 29.

Obama Dilemma: Anger Union Allies or Aggravate Cliff’s Recession

If faced with a choice between invoking a law union leaders once called the “slave-labor bill,” or aggravating a recession by allowing shipments of clothing, auto parts and other goods to stop at ports from Maine to Texas at the...

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Housing data has continued to offer a bright spot in an otherwise tepid economic recovery.

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Housing data has continued to offer a bright spot in an otherwise tepid economic recovery.

Property Value: Biggest Annual Gain Since May 2010, Index Shows

Property values rose more than expected in October, offering holiday cheer to homeowners as lingering fiscal-cliff negotiations threaten to replace champagne with tax increases when Americans ring in the new year next week. The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values in...

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The interlock ignition system which requires the driver to blow into a tube to prove sobriety before driving.

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The interlock ignition system which requires the driver to blow into a tube to prove sobriety before driving.

Ignition Interlocks for First-Time DUI Offenders?

AAA, the motorist group with more than 53 million members, is endorsing the National Transportation Safety Board’s call for mandatory use of ignition interlock devices for all drunken-driving offenders. AAA issued its statement five days before New Year’s Eve, which...

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President Barack Obama (C) and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with members of the military on Christmas, before departing for Washington on the 26th.

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President Barack Obama (C) and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with members of the military on Christmas, before departing for Washington on the 26th.

Obama’s Night Flight to Cliff’s Edge

The president is squeezing in one last day in Hawaii before returning to Washington for five days of uncertain talks about taxes and spending with a deadline looming at New Year’s Eve. Air Force One is scheduled for departure at...

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