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Showdown looms between appropriators, homeland panel

At issue is provision in fiscal 2006 Homeland Security spending bill not to fund President Bush's proposal to create a new office for coordinating screening efforts.

Base realignment plan would cut 18,000 civilian jobs

Nearly 67,000 civilian jobs are slated to move to new locations.

Inherited problems plague immigration enforcement agencies, GAO finds

Management challenges include defining priorities, improving coordination and effectively using resources.

Rumsfeld: Pentagon won’t ax more than 10 percent of bases

Base-closing recommendations due Friday will reflect review of overseas troop levels and decision to move operations from leased space to government-owned facilities.

Army punishes colonel over Iraq prison abuse scandal

Army will not bring criminal charges against Col. Thomas Pappas for his role in the Abu Ghraib scandal.

House panel approves $82.5 billion veterans bill

Bill is nearly $1 billion above President Bush's budget request.

Bill would tighten border security, increase information sharing

Proposed legislation would also allow illegal immigrants to apply for work visas.

Full House panel backs effort to slash Homeland Security funds

Appropriations committee withholds more than $700 million, saying DHS ignored congressional requests for information about its programs.

Former homeland security officials debate reorganizing DHS

Proposals include establishing a centralized policy shop and creating a new agency for preparedness.

Base closing recommendations expected Friday

Communities around 425 military installations await news of their fate.

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