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Democrats say only $6 billion separates sides in budget talks

Senate leader Reid says sides are ready to find common ground.

Senate considers deal to reduce confirmations

Shorter confirmation list is part of an effort to improve the chamber's efficiency.

GAO: Most Pentagon weapons programs exceed cost estimates

The price tag of such programs has risen by $135 billion since 2008, and more than half of that resulted from poor management or execution problems, watchdog says.

Obama’s Advantage

GOP strategists privately admit that the president has a good chance of winning reelection in 2012.

With revolt brewing, House GOP backs off budget deal

Tea party wing rejects tentative deal to cut roughly $30 billion in cuts from current spending levels, boosting odds of a shutdown.

Lawmaker wants HHS to take closer look at doctor pay

Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., wants to require the federal government to give Medicare reimbursement rates a closer look.

What happens if the government shuts down?

A look at some federal services that shut down in 1995-96 -- and could again.

Gates, Clinton can't predict when U.S. role in Libya ends

Interviews leave many basic questions unanswered about the mission's duration, point and endgame.

Short-term funding measures have agency budget officials finding ways to save

They have held off on filling some vacancies and slowed grants and contracts that require up-front funding.