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March 7, 2013
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  • House passes interim measure to avert U.S. government shutdown
    The House passed a bill in a 267-151 vote that would fund U.S. government programs through Sept. 30, to avoid a shutdown March 27. Some attendees of a dinner meeting between President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leaders are more optimistic that Democrats and Republicans can reach an agreement on the budget and debt. Reuters (3/7) , USA Today (3/6) , The Hill (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Manufacturer agrees to cut production of key IED ingredient
    A fertilizer used in improvised explosive devices could become scarcer in Afghanistan, as a Pakistani manufacturer of the ingredient has agreed to cut production and distribution and to initiate a buyback program, according to Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa. "These are very positive developments which should diminish the amount of this fertilizer available for diversion and smuggling," Casey said. Air Force Times (free registration) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.N. cracks down on North Korea, issues sanctions
    The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted today to issue new sanctions against North Korea in retribution for that country's third nuclear test. North Korea faces restrictions on financial instruments and shipments of certain cargo. The resolution "sent an unequivocal message to [North Korea] that the international community will not tolerate its pursuit of nuclear weapons," said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Reuters (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Editorial: Pentagon needs long-term plan to curb personnel costs
    Personnel costs such as salaries and benefits are expected to grow in the next several decades at a much faster rate than acquisition costs, writes the editorial board of Bloomberg. This means that "solving the Pentagon's long-term budget problem will depend greatly on cuts in the number of troops and the backup army of civilians and contractors that supports them, as well as smart reforms to pensions and health care," the board writes. Bloomberg (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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