Mar 11

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President Obama has signed a $410 billion spending bill that will keep the federal government running through September, despite the fact that the bill contains the kind of earmarks he decried on the campaign trail.

In Wednesday's other news, the House approved a $400 billion spending bill for the current fiscal year and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the government will miss a 2012 deadline for screening freight for radiological and nuclear material.

Congress approved a giant $373 billion federal spending bill Thursday for fiscal year 2004 that had been delayed for months by lawmakers concerned with issues ranging from overtime rules to food labeling.