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Pulling back from the cliff: House passes compromise measure

Move sets stage for potential automatic spending cuts and government shutdown in two months.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.,  urged passage of an extension of the freeze.

House votes to extend federal pay freeze

Legislation would override President Obama's order lifting the freeze at the end of March.

Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., left, walks with Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to the Senate floor Tuesday.

Here's what's in the fiscal cliff deal

From tax hikes to a two-month delay in sequestration.

Fiscal compromise sets stage for new year of mini-cliffs

Senate approves measure that would delay automatic spending cuts -- for now.

Obama spoke at the White House Monday.

Obama: No long-term deal on sequestration

President indicates final action to prevent automatic spending cuts will have to be part of future agreement.

Analysis: America's greatest economic weakness was its government in 2012

The dysfunction of our political system is now sapping confidence from businesses and families. It may be the single biggest hurdle standing in the way of our prosperity.

Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot

The secretary of State will remain in the hospital for 48 hours.

Sequestration, once unimaginable, draws near

Deal pending in Congress’s final hours would not prevent across-the-board cuts.

Obama 'modestly optimistic' on fiscal cliff deal

Senate leaders to work together to try to forge last-minute compromise.

Employees, unions get further details on furloughs

Process would not unfold immediately on Jan. 2, and would not be the same across all agencies.