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Daily Archives: January 3, 2013

People walk through a newly-renovated corridor at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

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People walk through a newly-renovated corridor at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

Pentagon Off (Oops) by Billions

The Pentagon announced on Dec. 5 that C.R. Bard Inc. won a maximum $4.67 billion, one-year deal to deliver surgical products to the military. The award would have been a coup for Bard, representing almost twice the company’s $2.9 billion...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, center, walks into the Capitol on Dec. 31, 2012.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, center, walks into the Capitol on Dec. 31, 2012.

Reid’s Scars Not From Cliff-Diving

The 112th Congress may be in the rear-view mirror, but partisan battles fought over the last two years seem to have left their mark. Opening the 113th Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made sure to clarify “that the marks...

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Demonstrators protest proposed cuts to social security, medicare and medicaid in Boston.

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Demonstrators protest proposed cuts to social security, medicare and medicaid in Boston.

Sequestration Frustration Peaks Among Contract Managers

In the federal contracting world it’s “frustration all around” as the government careens toward yet another deadline for automatic cuts known as sequestration, according to the head of the National Contract Management Association. “Some things have been resolved, but nothing...

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to discuss the National Defense Authorization Act.

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to discuss the National Defense Authorization Act.

Bonus Buster Becomes Law

Senior federal employees risk losing bonuses if their agencies fail to meet government goals of awarding 23 percent of eligible contract funds to small businesses. The bonus-busting measure is part of the defense bill signed into law today by President...

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President Barack Obama celebrates after delivering his acceptance speech in Chicago on Nov. 7, 2012.

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President Barack Obama celebrates after delivering his acceptance speech in Chicago on Nov. 7, 2012.

Obama: First with Two 51′s in Five

Eight weeks after the Nov. 6 presidential election, a revised vote count in New York shows that President Barack Obama is the first president in more than five decades to win at least 51 percent of the vote twice. State...

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When the 113th Congress is sworn in on January 3, it will have a record-breaking number of female senators, the most in history. "ABC World News" anchor Diane Sawyer gathered nearly all the women for an exclusive conversation in the historic Kennedy Caucus Room.

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When the 113th Congress is sworn in on January 3, it will have a record-breaking number of female senators, the most in history. "ABC World News" anchor Diane Sawyer gathered nearly all the women for an exclusive conversation in the historic Kennedy Caucus Room.

Twenty Female Senators Break Congressional Gender Gap Record

Today, 20 women make history. When they are sworn in to the 113th Congress at noon, America’s female senators will comprise the largest-ever class of women in the upper chamber. The 20 senators (three more than in the 112th Congress)...

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The crowd watches a large screen on the National Mall during President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009.

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The crowd watches a large screen on the National Mall during President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009.

Obama’s Second-Term Inauguration: `Era of Responsibility,’ Take Four

The White House is preparing for another inauguration. This one will span two days, with an official swearing in on the day required under the Constitution, Sunday the 20th, and a ceremonial swearing in outside the Capitol on Monday the...

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President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One on Jan. 2, 2013 upon arrival at Hickam Air Force Base near Honolulu, Hawaii.

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President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One on Jan. 2, 2013 upon arrival at Hickam Air Force Base near Honolulu, Hawaii.

Tax Deal: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Signed, sealed, delivered — it was the theme song of two presidential campaigns. And yesterday, the president signed the tax bill sent to him by Congress and delivered his auto-penned signature — then went to dinner. The “American Taxpayer Relief...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner leaves a House Republican Caucus meeting on Jan. 1, 2013 in Washington.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner leaves a House Republican Caucus meeting on Jan. 1, 2013 in Washington.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 25%

That’s the percentage of Americans who approve of the House speaker’s handling of the fiscal negotiations, according to Gallup. As the 113th Congress is sworn in today, with Republican House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio standing for re-election as leader...

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