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A playlist for the sequester

Mar 1, 2013
We asked for songs that reflect your feelings about the sequester -- and you recommended everything from Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" to The Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House." Listen to the full playlist now.
Posted In: Music, sequester, sequestration

How will the sequester affect you?

Mar 1, 2013
Sequester, sequester, sequester. How much doom and gloom should everyday Americans be ready for?
Posted In: sequester, sequestration

Sequester cuts get real for unemployed Americans

Mar 1, 2013
The sequester will mean cuts to the unemployment checks people depend on to pay bills.
Posted In: sequester, sequestration, unemployed, unemployment benefits

Sequester: Apocalypse or not?

Mar 1, 2013
A look at the best and worst case from the sequester.
Posted In: sequester, sequestration

Sequester: The good and the bad

Mar 1, 2013
The now-infamous sequestration -- the $85 billion in automatic federal spending cuts -- kicks in today. We take a look at the bad and the good that might come out of the process.
Posted In: sequester, Economy

Sequester: Federal R&D to suffer long-term effects

Mar 1, 2013
The sequester may have immediate impacts on federal workers, the unemployed, and federal aviation personnel -- but what will be its long-term effects?
Posted In: sequester, Science, Tech

Defense industry to largely shake off sequester...at first

Mar 1, 2013
The long-term nature of defense contracts shields the industry from short-term sequester disruptions in areas of the country that depend on military spending, such as St. Louis.
Posted In: sequester, defense, Boeing, St. Louis

Sequester: Sixth time's the charm?

Mar 1, 2013
It’s not the first time Washington has cut budgets across the board. But even when sequesters were much smaller, they were a nightmare to carry out.
Posted In: sequester, Alan Simpson, budget cuts

Negotiating: 'Deal or no deal' works in business, not politics

Feb 28, 2013
Businesses issue ultimatums all the time. Politics requires negotiations, whether before -- or after -- a crisis.
Posted In: politics, sequester, sequestration

Meat prices could rise if federal budget is sliced

Feb 28, 2013
Across-the-board furloughs would reduce the number of food inspectors, possibly affecting prices and supplies of meat.
Posted In: meat, USDA, Food

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After the debt debacle of 2011, Congress and the president agreed to a sweeping package of budget cuts that no one really wanted, as an incentive to work together later to reach a bipartisan compromise on more targeted cuts. That incentive didn't work as designed, and after postponing the date of the 'sequester' cuts, the U.S. Defense Department and other discretionary programs are now staring down the gun of massive, across-the-board budget cutbacks.