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Republicans challenge Obama guidance on labor agreements in contracts

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


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.


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.

Space shuttle Endeavour makes its final landing

Mission was the second-to-last for the U.S. shuttle program.


Price tag of official time spent on union activities grows

Labor officials and Republican lawmakers debate whether that time is well spent.

National Science Foundation nears decision on moving

Tight on space and adequate conference rooms, 2,100-employee agency mulls leaving Arlington for Alexandria.