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Senate vote sets up health overhaul passage

Democrats hope to get bill to Obama before State of the Union in late January.

Obama set to name cyber coordinator

White House confirms appointment of former Bush administration official Howard Schmidt, assures "regular access to the president."

Senate sends Defense spending bill to Obama

Measure will be the last of the 12 annual appropriations bills to be enacted.

Senator backs settlement of Indian trust fund case

Suit charges that Interior mismanaged money owed to nearly 400,000 Indians from mining, grazing and drilling leases on tribal lands.

Agriculture chief disputes USDA climate bill study

Vilsack says less cropland will be converted to forestland than report suggests.

Troop surge to bring more orders for unmanned aircraft

Officials say intelligence and reconnaissance equipment will play a big role in Afghanistan mission.

Lawmakers see danger in national debt

Senators say they will not support increase of the national debt limit beyond $12.3 trillion without a plan to create a debt-reduction panel.

Senate leader eyes key Monday vote on health bill

A favorable Congressional Budget Office score of a plan to allow OPM to negotiate rates with private insurers on behalf of a national plan would help lock down support.

From Nextgov.com: GSA awards geospatial services agreements to four firms

$20 million blanket purchase agreement was awarded at the request of the Geospatial Line of Business, chaired by the Interior Department.

Defense and State brace for surge in Afghanistan contracting

Officials assure lawmakers they have strategies to steer clear of the waste, fraud and abuse that plagued Iraq procurements.