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Bidding begins for top Democratic spot on House oversight panel

Towns moves to keep the position, vowing he will “form a bulwark against any politically motivated investigations” by Republicans.

Senate battle over earmark moratorium heats up

Aides call the GOP vote on the ban next week a toss-up.

Gen. Donald Hoffman, commander of the Air Force Materiel Command, pledges to keep small firms in mind.

Air Force ramps up new strategic sourcing office

Unit is expected to save $2.3 billion over five years by buying common goods and services in bulk.

Likely House majority leader calls for hiring freeze

Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., says move could save $35 billion.

Fiscal commission leaders back spending cuts, tax increases

Observers are skeptical the panel will be able to reach a consensus, because 14 of the 18 members need to support any recommendations.

Erskine Bowles (left) and Alan Simpson released their strategy Wednesday.

Fiscal panel chairs propose three-year civilian pay freeze, hiring slowdown

Federal workers and contractors would take a hit under draft plan.

Why? Why? Why?

The midterms were partly a referendum on the party in power, partly a plunge after Democrats’ back-to-back surges in 2006 and 2008, and partly a search for political balance.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz opposes proposals to cut back to five-day delivery.

Amid changes on Capitol Hill, Postal Service faces uncertain future

Concerns about job cuts and retiree benefits remain as leaders vow reforms.

Watchdog calls for reform of Justice travel policies

Review of U.S. attorneys’ expenses finds inconsistent policies and poor oversight are partially to blame for abuses.

Gates: U.S. would consider staying in Iraq beyond 2011

Request "clearly needs to come from the Iraqis," Defense chief says.

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