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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.

More consistency than changes seen for Defense panels

House and Senate Armed Services committees are unlikely to experience upheaval in leadership approach regardless of the November election results.

Republicans threaten to block support on appropriations bills

The GOP has sought to make spending and the deficit an election issue.

Senate appropriators OK clean Defense, leg branch bills

Measures clear the panel along party lines, with Republicans withholding support amid concerns about discretionary spending levels.

Lawmaker promotes crackdown on tax delinquent feds

Bill targets workers who willfully avoid payments, but employee groups say it could end up punishing people trying to do the right thing.

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For soldiers, coming home can be as hard as leaving

The strain on military families does not end when the troops return from Iraq or Afghanistan.

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