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A man sits in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, on October 1, 2013.

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A man sits in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, on October 1, 2013.

Shutdown: Day One

Updated at 9:39 am through 5:53 pm EDT With David Lerman reporting from the Pentagon  The House’s Republicans have come up with another non-starter in the stalled budget talks with the Democratic-run Senate. The White House says President Barack Obama...

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Palestinian men hold up their national flag and the old Syrian flag, left, now used by the opposition to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, on August 30, 2013 in Gaza City.

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Palestinian men hold up their national flag and the old Syrian flag, left, now used by the opposition to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, on August 30, 2013 in Gaza City.

What Congressional Leaders Are Saying About Syria

From the Bloomberg Government Political  Capital Blog Congressional leaders are weighing in on the possibility of the U.S. taking military action against Syria for the alleged use of chemical weapons. They received a phone briefing by administration officials late yesterday....

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Egyptian Army soldiers stand guard on an armored vehicle outside the main Christian Orthodox Cathedral in the southern city of Assiut, Egypt, on August 18, 2013.

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In this Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 photo, Egyptian Army soldiers stand guard on an armored vehicle outside the main Christian Orthodox Cathedral in the southern city of Assiut, Egypt, on August 18, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $1.3 Billion

That’s how much the U.S. provides Egypt’s armed forces in annual aid. A 51 percent majority of Americans say it’s better to cut off military aid to put pressure on the Egyptian government, compared with 26 percent who back continued...

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A protester during a demonstration by federal employees outside the Department of Labor, with the Capitol in the background, in Washington, D.C., on March 20, 2013.

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A protester during a demonstration by federal employees outside the Department of Labor, with the Capitol in the background, in Washington, D.C., on March 20, 2013.

Union to Pentagon: Stop Throwing Us Crumbs

The head of a union representing government workers is upset that the Pentagon is planning to furlough employees for 14 days while continuing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on contracts with private firms. The unpaid leave for the...

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Aviation ordnanceman practice color guard drills aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) in the Atlantic Ocean on Feb. 15, 2013.

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Aviation ordnanceman practice color guard drills aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) in the Atlantic Ocean on Feb. 15, 2013.

Most Cuts OK, Not Defense: Poll

The public apparently has little sympathy for complaints about the across-the-board cutting ordered in most discretionary federal spending. The public is more concerned, a poll shows, about the cuts in Defense spending. By a margin of 61 percent to 33...

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A memorial for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks stands at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

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A memorial for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks stands at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $46 Billion

That’s how much the Pentagon would face in cuts for the rest of the fiscal year if automatic spending cuts went into effect March 1. The across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, will “result in a serious erosion of readiness across...

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A newly-renovated corridor leading to a ramp is seen at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

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A newly-renovated corridor leading to a ramp is seen at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

Obama: ‘Brutal’ Budget Cuts March 1 Threaten Economic Recovery

The “automatic, brutal” spending cuts in Defense and other sectors of discretionary federal spending set to take effect March 1 pose a threat to the nation’s economic recovery, President Barack Obama said today. “Our top priority must be to do...

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Chuck Hagel, nominee for U.S. secretary of defense, listens to a question during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington on Jan. 31, 2013.

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Chuck Hagel, nominee for U.S. secretary of defense, listens to a question during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington on Jan. 31, 2013.

Panel Said to Plan Hagel Vote Tomorrow

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker blog: Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin will seek a vote by the panel tomorrow on Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Defense secretary, according to a committee aide who asked not to be identified. Senate...

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A combat-disabled veteran of the Vietnam War demonstrates his newly fitted Otto Bock Healthcare X2 prosthetic limb with a physical therapist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

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A combat-disabled veteran of the Vietnam War demonstrates his newly fitted Otto Bock Healthcare X2 prosthetic limb with a physical therapist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

VA, Military to Beat Health-System Deadline by Changing Their Goal

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pledged last year to “meet or beat” a 2017 deadline to integrate two health-records systems, one for troops and the other for veterans. Now, Panetta and Eric Shinseki, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, are...

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