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President Trump’s plan to streamline the government

June 22, 2018
Could the federal government be reorganized?
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Post-recession generation to be majority-minority

June 28, 2017
| The Hill
The first generation of Americans to be born in the wake of the Great Recession will be the first in the nation's history to include more racial minorities than whites, according to new Census Bureau data.
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Congress and President Obama barrel toward 2013 shutdown

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September 27, 2013
Congress and President Obama try to avoid a government shutdown in 2013.
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In Ohio County That Backed Trump, Word of Housing Cuts Stirs Fear

April 3, 2017
Yamiche Alcindor | The New York Times
HOME Investment Partnerships is one of dozens of programs and independent agencies aimed at the poor that President Trump has proposed cutting.
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Congress To-Do List: Fund Government Agencies, Zika Virus Battle

September 6, 2016
Susan Davis | NPR
After a 7-week summer break, Congress returns to Capitol Hill. Lawmakers are scheduled to spend the month of September on a very short to-do list before leaving again ahead of November' election.
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States opposed to Obama more dependent on federal government

August 30, 2016
| The Hill
States that voted against President Obama twice are more dependent on the federal government, according to an analysis of new data released by the Pew Charitable Trusts on Monday.
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How did today’s government become so divided?

February 24, 2016
Separation of powers is a core component of American democracy, but political divisions rose to new heights this year as Congressional Republicans clashed with the Obama administration on everything from budget blueprints to Supreme Court nominations. Gwen Ifill talks to E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller for a closer look at today’s caustic political landscape.
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Debate over Medicare, Social Security, other federal benefits divides GOP

November 5, 2015
Robert Costa, Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
Republicans are openly feuding over whether to seek drastic changes to Medicare, Social Security and other entitlement programs, risking a potentially damaging intraparty battle ahead of the 2016 elections.
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