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Admiral: Fleet size hinges on larger maintenance budget

Navy official says he doesn't know how much more improved ship maintenance will cost, but has ordered his command to cut expense everywhere it can.

Report calls for overhaul of presidential transition process

Observers say political objections could make reforms difficult.

Homeland Security halts deportations to Haiti after earthquake

Lawmakers want Obama to grant illegal Haitian immigrants temporary refuge through a controversial emergency program.

Lawmakers outline Hill terrorism probes

House panels will investigate systemic and human errors involved in Dec. 25 failed attempt to blow up a Northwest flight.

Navy advocates see rough waters ahead

Virginia Republican says defense budgets have not been adequate to meet the needs of the Navy and Marine Corps.

A 7.0 earthquake devastated the country on Jan. 12.

State Department employees are accounted for after quake

President Obama promises massive, multiagency relief effort in Haiti.

A Vicious Circle

From retirements to party defections, the bad news for Democrats keeps coming.

House leaders return, with health overhaul back on front burner

Lawmakers will focus on how the two bills will pay for reform costs.

Empty Agriculture offices, including food safety, raise concerns

Five key leadership positions remain vacant despite several outbreaks of food-borne illness in 2009.

Democrats slam effort to block EPA from regulating emissions

Agency’s recent finding that greenhouse gas pollution endangers public health and welfare is the independent work of scientists and "should stand on its own," Democrats say.