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Obama Deficit Plan Includes Ideas to Help Postal Service

The Obama administration’s plan to reduce the deficit includes ideas the White House claims will rescue the Postal Service, which is facing default. The Postal Service would be allowed to sell non-postal products, the plan says. Saturday mail delivery would end, as postal officials have long desired to do. The …

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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy Repealed

The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays and lesbians serving in the military has officially been repealed and is no longer in effect. The Defense Department sent a memo Tuesday announcing the policy change, which takes effect 60 days after President Barack Obama certified the military’s readiness for repeal …

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Space Station Launches Set to Resume in November

Crew flights to the International Space Station will resume in November, preventing the station from being left empty. The Space Station Control Board, consisting of NASA and international partner space agencies, tentatively set Nov. 14 as the date to resume launches. Launches of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft have been on …

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SEC IG Asking Justice Dept. to Review Agency’s Madoff Probe

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s top auditor plans to ask the Justice Department to review whether an SEC lawyer broke conflict-of-interest rules during the agency’s investigation of convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff. According to Bloomberg, H. David Kotz, SEC inspector general, is completing a report on former counsel David Becker’s …

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FBI Crime Report Notes Decrease in Violent Crimes, Theft

Violent crime dropped significantly in 2010, according to FBI figures released Monday. The FBI’s annual “Crime in the United States” report says the estimated volume of violent crimes in 2010 dropped 6 percent, the fourth consecutive year it has declined. Robbery decreased the largest of all violent crimes, doing down …

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Obama Proclaims Week to Support Guard, Reserves

The week of Sept. 18-24 will be marked to honor the National Guard and Reserve, President Barack Obama said Friday. Obama issued a proclamation calling on state and local officials, private organizations and military commanders to hold ceremonies and events in observation of National Employer Support of the Guard and …

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Pentagon Claims Defense Cuts Would Increase Unemployment

Threatened cuts to defense approaching $1 trillion over the next 10 years could add 1 percent to the nation’s unemployment rate, a Defense Department official said Thursday. As part of the debt ceiling agreement reached in August, at least $350 billion is to be cut from the security budget over …

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