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Obama sends Congress $3.8 trillion spending plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.8 trillion spending blueprint that strives to achieve a “grand bargain” to tame runaway deficits, raising taxes on the wealthy and trimming benefit programs including Social Security and Medicare.

04/10/2013

President Barack Obama

Obama budget hit from left and right alike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even before it is unveiled, President Barack Obama’s new budget is opening to poor reviews from liberal allies entrenched in their opposition to shaving benefit programs and GOP opponents equally opposed to new tax increases.

04/09/2013

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Raucous debate on immigration to get under way

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators writing a comprehensive immigration bill hope to finish their work this week, opening what’s sure to be a raucous public debate.

04/08/2013

President Barack Obama (AP Photo)

Obama raises California money for Democrats

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Making a down payment on his vow to go all in for Democrats in 2014, President Obama is courting well-heeled donors in California on a two-day fundraising jaunt that requires the president to walk a fine line:

04/04/2013

Paul Ryan, US Representative of Wisconsin and House Budget Committee Chairman, holds a copy of the House Budget Committee 2014 Budget Resolution. (AP Photo)

House passes GOP budget plan promising deep cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a tea party-flavored budget plan that promises sharp cuts in safety-net programs for the poor and a clampdown on domestic agencies, in sharp contrast to less austere plans favored by Democrats.

03/21/2013

House GOP pushes bill streamlining job training

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House Republican plan to make it easier for job seekers to learn skills by consolidating dozens of sometimes redundant job training programs is meeting resistance from Democrats who say it could leave some without critical assistance.

03/15/2013

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew

Lew hopeful on reaching a budget breakthrough

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says he is optimistic that President Barack Obama will be able to reach an agreement with Republicans in Congress to break a budget impasse that has triggered across-the-board government spending cuts.

03/15/2013

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush: Political reporters are ‘crack addicts’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Sunday likened political reporters to “crack addicts” and “heroin addicts” during a tour of morning talk shows that drew repeated questions about the still-distant 2016 presidential election.

03/10/2013

President Barack Obama (AP Photo)

Barbed humor on the menu at annual Gridiron dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama had a ready excuse for anyone who didn’t think he was funny enough at Saturday night’s Gridiron dinner: “My joke writers have been placed on furlough.”

03/10/2013

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Beam me up, Yoda: Obama won’t do ‘Jedi mind meld’

WASHINGTON (AP) — He’s not a dictator and won’t entertain the idea of a “Jedi mind meld” with opponents. There’s no “secret formula or special sauce” he can slip foes to make them see things his way.

03/01/2013

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