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Congress sends veterans jobs bill to Obama

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives on Wednesday gave final approval to a measure aimed at helping military veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan get jobs, and repealing certain payments required of government contractors. The lopsided 421-0 vote sent the legislation to President Barack Obama to sign…

More than one-third of Senate urges debt panel to cut $4 trillion

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) announced Thursday that he had organized a coalition of 36 senators to encourage the congressional “super committee” to seek the broadest possible agreement to address the nation’s spending and debt. The coalition — made up of 18 Republicans, 17 Democrats and one Independent — represents more…