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Appropriations Bills Continue To Collapse In The House

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New ATF Head Is Its First Senate-Confirmed Leader In 7 Years

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Former Commerce Secretary: Doing Nothing On Immigration Is 'De Facto Amnesty'

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For Once, Congress Plans To Go On Recess Without A Meltdown

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Congress Sends Student Loan Bill To Obama

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Chris Viehland helps her daughter Jenna try on shoes for the new school year at a Famous Footwear store in Fenton, Mo., Aug. 9, 2012. Christian Gooden/MCT/Landov hide caption

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As Back-To-School Shopping Begins, Consumers May Turn Frugal

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Janet Yellen, vice chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, is under consideration to become the first woman to lead the Fed. President Obama reportedly is likely to choose between Yellen and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers. Franck Robichon/EPA/Landov hide caption

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House Republicans Work To Keep IRS Scandal In The Spotlight

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Jonathan Weisman writes that the last week before the long summer recess is usually crunchtime for Congress, but it's "a sleepy time for the underachieving 113th." Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images hide caption

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As Summer Recess Looms, Congress Remains Inactive

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Do Women Have A Responsibility When Men Misbehave?

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