Washington Daybook: Computerside Chat

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An Airbus A319, operated by US Airways Group Inc., takes off behind a Boeing Co. 737, operated by AMR Corp.’s American Airlines, at Reagan National Airport in Washington in this file photo.

President Barack Obama, who spoke in North Carolina yesterday, continues promoting his economic proposals such as raising the minimum wage at a rally in Decatur, Georgia today. He then flies back to the White House to participate in a Google+ “fireside chat,” taking question from Americans across the country on his State of the Union address.

House Speaker John Boehner dismissed most of Obama’s plans as having
little chance of passing the Republican-controlled House.

The House today debates a bill that would freeze federal workers’ salaries for the rest of the year, canceling Obama’s executive order granting a 0.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment later this year.

American Airlines and US Airways, the third and fifth largest U.S. air carriers, announced a merger today that will create the world’s largest airline. The combination must be approved by the Justice Department and by the court overseeing American’s bankruptcy procedure.

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