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Rising tax revenue eases pressure for budget cuts

08/06/2013 1:31pm
Rising tax receipts are shrinking the federal deficit, and that will shape the budget debate when Congress returns from vacation next month. The big question for lawmakers: Should they renew, end or modify the tens of billions of dollars in "sequester" cuts in government spending that took effect earlier this year?

Aides: US to extend Myanmar gems ban

08/06/2013 4:46pm
Congressional aides say the Obama administration is planning to extend a ban on imports of rubies and jade from Myanmar because of the powerful military's involvement in the trade.

APNewsBreak: Romney warns against govt shutdown

08/06/2013 7:43pm
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney jumped into the debate over the GOP's future Tuesday night, warning congressional Republicans against forcing a government shutdown in their quest to stop President Barack Obama's signature health care law.