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Debate over government’s role ensnarls federal employees

The battle between Republicans and Democrats over the size and scope of the U.S. government has put federal workers — their numbers, their pay and their benefits — at center stage this campaign season.


State revenue rises, but not enough to offset cuts

College students clash with administrators over steeply rising tuition. Public employees shut down statehouses amid cuts to pay and retirement benefits. Teachers and social welfare advocates protest budget cuts. Lawmakers struggle to cope with sharp declines in tax revenue.


Government job losses a growing drag on recovery

Conservative Republicans have long clamored for government downsizing. They're starting to get it — by default. Crippled by plunging tax revenues, state and local governments have shed over a half million jobs since the recession began in December 2007. And, after adding jobs early in the downturn, the federal government is now cutting them as well.

Senh: Maybe if the government can first show us that they can keep their own jobs, we'll be more confident that they can actually help the country create jobs.


FBI searches D.C. govt. office, arrests man

FBI agents have arrested a city government worker and are searching the offices of the city's chief technology officer.


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