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Poll: Americans want their leaders to stand up and fight

Nearly half of public -- including nearly two-thirds of Republicans and 53 percent of independents -- admires political leaders who refuse to compromise.

Oversight committee OKs management and budget pick

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously backs Jack Lew, who has promised an exhaustive review of agency operations.

Copter crash makes this year the deadliest in Afghan war

Western death toll through the first 10 months of 2010 now stands at 529, exceeding last year's toll of 521.

Senate bill aims to reform Federal Protective Service

Bipartisan legislation would increase staffing and establish training requirements for armed guards.

From Nextgov.com: Lack of time and money threatens data center consolidation

Scarcity of upfront funding and overly ambitious deadlines will make it challenging for agencies to meet mandate, market analysts find.

Forecast calls for politics and a side of bluster on Defense bill

Senate braces for votes this week on controversial issues with limited ties to defense authorization bill, but which could energize voters in the midterm elections.

GOP set to unveil 'governing agenda'

The document, which will be released on Thursday, covers five categories -- jobs, spending, healthcare, national security and government reform.

Ridge sees security gaps since Sept. 11 attacks

Former Homeland Security secretary says Coast Guard needs more funding and government must improve vaccine stockpile.

Senate Republicans vow to block financial services spending bill

Lawmakers object to provision seeking to prevent brand-name and generic drug manufacturers from agreeing to settlements that essentially trade cash for promises that generic drug firms will not challenge brand-name drug patents for a set period of time.

Panelists call for reversal of insourcing policy

Industry officials, analysts argue that government pays more when work is performed in-house.

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