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Deficit reduction commission has first meeting

Republicans are worried Democrats are using the panel as a front to raise taxes.

White House chef confesses: Obama garden not so green

Sam Kass says organic certification is unnecessary because the main purpose of the garden is to educate people on healthy eating.

Army surgeon general notes concern about drugs prescribed to wounded soldiers

Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker defends overall quality of care at warrior transition units after reports of addiction in New York Times .

Republicans agree to keep an open mind on deficit reduction

Democrats on the commission say no ideas should be forbidden from consideration.

Former special counsel pleads guilty

Scott Bloch will be sentenced on July 20 for withholding information from congressional investigators.

From Nextgov.com: Many Americans surfing for hard facts about government

Pew researchers were impressed that 40 percent of the public has used the Internet to find raw government data , spending statistics, policy statements and campaign contributions.

Administration weighs response to Arizona immigration law

Homeland Security secretary says law could hurt enforcement efforts by undermining trust in immigrant communities.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York is spearheading the Senate effort.

Lawmakers seek to preempt election advertising by contractors

Democrats are concerned Citizens United ruling could give contractors undue political sway.

IG blasts FEMA for conflict of interests in IT contract in flood insurance program

Office also charges agency with poor oversight and unqualified leadership, which hampered major technology initiative, costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

Defense contracting bill to hit House this week

Democrats already are claiming the measure as a victory for fiscal responsibility.