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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama praised lawmakers for restoring a measure that aims to bring federal spending under control in his weekly radio address Saturday, but expressed concern that politics may still get in the way of reducing the massive deficit. Mr. Obama also vowed in his weekly speech to press ahead with an executive order to create a new bipartisan fiscal commission charged with recommending ways to reduce the deficit--a measure that has faced opposition from some Republicans. "After a decade of profligacy, the American people are tired of politicians who talk the talk but don't walk the walk when it comes to fiscal responsibility," Mr.
Major Rallies for Health Care This Week Posted on February 14th, 2010 by Charlie Albanetti We won’t stop fighting until health care reform is finished, and finished right. That’s why we’re rallying this week in Albany on Wednesday, February 17th and in New York City on Saturday, February 20th to call out the big money lobbyists who are obstructing progress and hijacking the agenda for change we voted for in 2008. Join Us! Albany – Thursday, February 17th
A Blackwater security firm helicopter flies low above the scene of a bomb blast near the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad in 2005. A subsidiary of Xe, formerly Blackwater, bid on lucrative new training contract Xe spokesman: No official word on whether company will be awarded contract Since 2007, Xe has held rights to bid against four other firms in a $15 billion jobs pool The company has a troubled past both in Iraq and Afghanistan Washington (CNN) -- Despite revelations in a congressional investigation of a subsidiary's mismanagement and questionable vetting of employees, the company formerly known as Blackwater could soon win millions of dollars in new job orders for work in Afghanistan. A subsidiary of Xe, the new name for Blackwater, is eligible to win Department of Defense work worth tens of millions of dollars to train Afghan police, according to a Pentagon official.