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Rep. Ron Barber, D-Tucson, said the looming sequester is due to a “failure of leadership all around,” and that it’s time for Democrats and Republicans to stop blaming each other.

Arizona would face millions in budget cuts and see the loss of services to thousands of residents if automatic budget cuts are allowed to take effect Friday, the White House warned. Critics, like Sen. Jeff Flake, accused the administration of engaging in scare tactics. Read more»

United States House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Much has been written about the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts contained in the Budget Control Act of 2011, otherwise known as “sequestration,” but many critical questions remain regarding official interpretations of the legislation and how it will actually be implemented on an agency-by-agency basis. Read more»

A plane lands at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas. Most of the Federal Aviation Administration budget will be subject to the sequester cuts. Fully included in those cuts is the FAA’s 'operations' account, which goes largely toward paying the salaries of our nation's 15,000 air traffic controllers who prevent our aircraft from running into one another in the skies.

There is a right way and a wrong way to cut federal spending, but the sequestration plan about to go into effect is perhaps the most boneheaded approach that could possibly be concocted. Read more»

This Republican talking point aims to blame President Obama for more than $1 trillion in automatic, across-the-board cuts in domestic and defense spending that — without action by Congress — are scheduled to take effect on March 1. Read more»

President Barack Obama acknowledges applause before he delivers the State of the Union address Tuesday. Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner stand at right.

The president spins his accomplishments on jobs, health care and deficit reduction in annual address. Read more»

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

President Barack Obama several weeks ago laid out his budget proposal for fiscal year 2013. Now it’s the House Republicans’ turn to present their vision. Read more»

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly speaks at a meeting of tribal leaders Tuesday morning in Washington. Shelly said he wants the U.S. to make up for funding cuts by relaxing regulations to promote job growth in the energy sector.

With Congress required to come up with more than $1 trillion in multi-year budget cuts this fall, tribal leaders converged in Washington this week to make sure their concerns are included in the discussion. Read more» 1