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Americans disagree on government role in wealth distribution

About 70 percent of Democrats support higher taxes on the rich to spread out wealth; about the same percentage of Republicans oppose that policy.

Analysis: How to cut costs and improve performance

Recently, the focus has been on the choice between draconian spending cuts and tax increases. But there’s a better way.

House panel cuts more than $1 billion from nuclear agency budget

Subcommittee agrees to $1.1 billion less than Obama's initial request for U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration.

Republicans challenge Obama guidance on labor agreements in contracts

House lawmakers push `neutral contracting’ bill as administration defends agency option to favor unionized bidders.

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GOP report says private airport screeners can do more for less

Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., urges TSA to ‘get out of the personnel business’ and focus on setting security standards.

Progress in Iraq called 'precarious as it is positive'

Lawmakers express concern over the timetable for complete withdrawal of U.S. troops.

USDA scraps food pyramid for a plate

New nutrition icon is easier for busy families to digest, first lady and Agriculture chief say.

Mullen: Clock ticking for decision on Afghanistan troop withdrawal numbers

President Obama has committed to start removing U.S. forces from Afghanistan in July.

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Departing Commerce secretary laments government's 'aversion to failure'

Gary Locke calls for quantitative measures of program success.

House rejects hike in debt ceiling

Symbolic vote on measure with no spending cuts plays out predictably.