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Obama talks Petraeus probe, reforming government in post-election news conference

In his first news conference since Election Day, President Barack Obama took questions from reporters on a range of issues, including impending across-the-board budget cuts and the widening sex scandal that ensnared CIA Director David Petraeus.

Tags: Barack Obama , budget , Congress , David Petraeus , Mitt Romney

Wednesday - 11/14/2012, 05:36pm EST

Tips for following the 'fiscal cliff' negotiations

President Barack Obama and leaders of the lame-duck Congress may be just weeks away from shaking hands on a deal to avert the dreaded "fiscal cliff." So it's natural to wonder: If they announce a bipartisan package promising to curb mushrooming federal deficits, will it be real?

Tags: Barack Obama , John Boehner , Congress , budget , sequestration

Saturday - 11/24/2012, 02:43pm EST

How far over the 'fiscal cliff' could they go?

The dealmakers who warn that a year-end plunge off the "fiscal cliff" would be disastrous don't seem to be rushing to stop it. Why aren't they panicking?

Tags: sequestration , Barack Obama , Congress , John Boehner , budget

Thursday - 12/06/2012, 02:57am EST

Lawmakers laying odds against sequester taking place

Sens. Mark Warner and Bob Corker and Rep. Chris Van Hollen all believe there is at better than a 50 percent chance Congress and the White House will agree on a budget reduction plan before Jan. 1. But federal pay and benefits, and contract spending remain on the table to be part of the cuts.

Tags: management , Congress , Mark Warner , Chris Van Hollen , Bob Corker , Bloomberg Government , Deloitte , budget , sequestration , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/06/2012, 05:55am EST

In deficit talks, fed groups fear alternatives could cut benefits

Many in government are worried about the threat of sequestration, the across-the-board budget cuts set to take effect in January unless Congress and the White come up with an alternative deficit-cutting plan. But federal employee groups and sympathetic lawmakers are also concerned about such alternatives -- if they contain changes to federal employee pay or compensation. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and a slate of federal-employee unions and groups are warning of such proposals in the deficit talks to replace sequestration.

Tags: Congress , sequestration , pay and benefits , Chris Van Hollen , Federal-Postal Coalition , Jessica Klement , NARFE , Bruce Moyer , retirement contribution

Wednesday - 12/12/2012, 08:24pm EST

Fed groups pounce on Obama's COLA-cutting proposal

In the latest proposals traded back and forth between the White House and Boehner, the President proposed changing the formula the Labor Department uses to measure inflation which would reduce annual COLAs for Social Security beneficiaries, including federal and military retirees. Federal-employee unions and groups remain worried the COLA proposals are still very much on the table.

Tags: Congress , John Boehner , Barack Obama , pay and benefits , benefits , retirement , COLA , chained CPI , Center for Budget and Policy Priorities

Tuesday - 12/18/2012, 05:10pm EST

Boehner: Up to Democrats to prevent budget cuts

Tags: John Boehner , budget 2014 ,

Thursday - 02/14/2013, 03:04am EST
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