By two votes, senators reject effort to force Pentagon to close overseas bases first.
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An exercise involving federal, state and local agencies shows what would happen if a dirty bomb went off at the Pentagon.
The White House issues a veto threat over proposals to delay 2005 base closings and tighten restrictions on competitive sourcing.
Federal employees would get greater opportunities to challenge agency decisions, and union involvement could grow.
For the first time, a majority of Americans are critical of the president and his administration's handling of the war.
Draft legislation includes a provision that could reduce compensation for postal employees injured on the job.
In a letter earlier this year, HHS officials said the House members had "no right" to certain data about prescription drug cost estimates.