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The Senate did its part today to stave off a government shutdown by passing a continuing resolution in order to keep the government funded.

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Leaders in both parties voiced confidence in an emerging House immigration agreement, giving momentum to an issue that has been a bright spot early in President Obama’s second term.

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Congress is in the midst of trying to agree on government spending for the rest of this year, plus a budget for next year. As is often the case, members are battling it out over what they think the government should spend its money on.

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Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Brian Bennett reports that the bipartisan “gang of eight” Senators have come close to an agreement on how to offer legal status to the nation’s 11 million unauthorized immigrants. The plan isn’t straightforward, but it seems to satisfy the framework laid out by President Obama and supported by Marco Rubio, one of the leading Republicans (along with John McCain and Lindsey Graham) in the gang of eight.

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As any of you who ever watched “The McLaughlin Group” or Fox News will understand, I’m not only glad to be here, but to be anywhere where I can finish a sentence without getting interrupted. Or shouted at, in the case of McLaughlin. Little did I know when I started on that show at its launch in 1982 that I was present at the beginning of the end of civil discourse in America … if not the beginning of the end of Western civilization.

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The federal budget comes back into the Washington political spotlight this week, as Congress tries to move forward on government spending for the rest of this year as well as a budget for the next.

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Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee say they hope to keep the focus during this week’s expected marathon markup on setting a sound course for the country’s fiscal future.

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Hiring picked up in February, helping to bring the unemployment rate down to its lowest level since December 2008.

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Funny what our leaders could learn by sweeping the stairs. This thought occurred to me the other day while I was morosely mulling the state of politics in Washington, and found an analogy in my living room.

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Friday’s deadline for President Obama to issue a sequestration order is neither the beginning nor the end of this year’s budget battles in Washington. Here are five key moments to watch over the next seven months, and what’s at stake in each:

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On paper, there’s one thing to like about the ugly spending cuts due to kick in on Friday: $85 billion in budget savings at a time when Washington continues to bleed red ink.

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Last week, the government confirmed that the U.S. economy eked out a growth rate of 0.1 percent in Q4 2012. The result brings total gross domestic product for the year to 2.2 percent, an improvement over 2011’s rate of 1.8 percent, but a level of growth that could be described as slow when compared to the post-war average of 3 to 3.5 percent.

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