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White House To GOP: Only One Way Around Defense Cuts — And You’re Not Gonna Like It

In light of Congressional Republicans’ abandonment of a key part of the debt limit agreement, two senior administration officials briefing reporters at the White House Monday said automatic, across the board cuts to defense programs will happen as scheduled unless Republicans relent on their refusal to raise revenues.

Congress Passes FAA Bill That Speeds Switch To GPS

A bill to speed the nation’s switch from radar to an air traffic control system based on GPS technology, and to open U.S. skies to unmanned drone flights within four years, received final congressional approval Monday.

Staff Replaced Amid Sex Abuse Claims At L.A. School

The entire staff at a Los Angeles elementary school is being removed while authorities investigate horrific allegations of sexual abuse by two of the school’s teachers, one of whom is accused of blindfolding children, taping their mouths and photographing them in a classroom.

China’s Heir Apparent Rekindles Early Ties To Iowa

China’s Vice President Xi Jinping is coming to America. Next week, he’ll meet with President Obama at the White House. He’ll lead a trade delegation to California. And he also plans to make a stop in Muscatine, Iowa

U.S. imposes new sanctions on Iran, turning up the heat

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced tough new targeted sanctions Monday against the Central Bank of Iran, ratcheting up economic pain on Tehran in a move intended to drive it into new international negotiations over its nuclear program, but one that could prove a trigger point for conflict.

Florida’s Rubio pushes back at contraception rules under health care law

WASHINGTON — Sitting in his pew at St. Louis Catholic Church in Miami one recent Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio heard the same homily as other parishioners who were urged by church leaders nationwide to contact Congress about the use of contraceptives.

Meet the Obscure Federal Regulator Who’s Not Helping Homeowners

Last week, ProPublica and NPR raised questions about a risky investment strategy at Freddie Mac that would pay off if homeowners stayed trapped in expensive mortgages. It’s just the latest example of how government-owned Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have frustrated many by not putting homeowners first.

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