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Wal-Mart’s Burwell nominated as budget chief

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has tapped Wal-Mart’s Sylvia Mathews Burwell as his next budget chief, thrusting her into the center of Washington’s heated partisan budget battles and is filling vacancies at the Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency, an ...

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A year later, S&P downgrade of U.S. looks like a dud

WASHINGTON — The rating agency Standard & Poor’s stunned the world a year ago by stripping the U.S. government of its prized AAA bond rating. The downgrade of long-term U.S. Treasurys threatened to sow chaos in financial markets, driving up ...

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Senate fails to approve cybersecurity legislation

WASHINGTON — The Senate failed Thursday to pass legislation to protect the U.S. electrical grid, water supplies and other critical industries from cyberattack and electronic espionage despite dire warnings from top national security officials about the potential for devastating assaults ...

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House heading toward election-year tax showdown

WASHINGTON — An election-year tax faceoff between Democrats and Republicans in the GOP-controlled House is heading toward a predictable outcome Wednesday. Republicans are poised to pass a bill to renew a full slate of Bush-era tax cuts for every working ...

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Yoo immune from suit over Bush-era ‘torture memos’

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court on Wednesday tossed out a convicted terrorist’s lawsuit accusing a high-ranking Bush administration lawyer who wrote the so-called torture memos of authorizing illegally harsh treatment of enemy combatants. Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General ...

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