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Gary Mead (Department of Homeland Security)
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DHS Official Resigns After Immigrants Are Freed

The Associated Press has learned that the Homeland Security Department official in charge of the agency's immigration enforcement and removal operations has resigned after hundreds of illegal immigrants were released from jails because of government spending cuts.

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Senator Mitch McConnell
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)
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Sequester: Obama, Congressional Leaders To Meet; Air Traffic Threatened

The White House says President Barack Obama will meet Friday with congressional leaders to discuss what to do about $85 billion in mandatory spending cuts.

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Ocean County Freeholder Joe Vicari (Townsquare Media)
Ocean County Freeholder Joe Vicari (Townsquare Media)
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Sequester Could Halt Ocean County Senior Meal Program

If the so-called sequester spending cuts take effect this Friday, Ocean County's home delivered meal program for seniors could be at risk of collapse.  One official isn't taking the news lightly and is being as proactive as possible under the circumstances.

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President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to Newport News Shipbuilding
President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to Newport News Shipbuilding (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Obama: Flexibility Won’t Help With Spending Cuts

President Barack Obama says there's no way to make automatic budget cuts less damaging by giving him the authority to decide what to cut.

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Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Bernanke Warns About Sequester, Boehner Gets Salty [VIDEO]

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is urging Congress to replace the automatic spending cuts due to start Friday with more gradual reductions in budget deficits in the short run while House Speaker John Boehner is using salty language to prod the Senate to act.

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Mark Wilson, Getty Images
Mark Wilson, Getty Images
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How Will Sequester Cuts Impact Chris Christie’s Budget? [AUDIO]

Automatic spending cuts will kick in this Friday if lawmakers in Washington can't reach a deal. If the sequester does become a reality, New Jersey could get less federal Sandy relief aid than originally anticipated.

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President Barack Obama speaks to the National Governors Association in the State Dining room of the White House
President Barack Obama speaks to the National Governors Association in the State Dining room of the White House (Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
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Obama Warns Sequester Could Idle Shipbuilder [VIDEO]

President Barack Obama is arguing that looming automatic spending cuts could idle military resources like aircraft carriers as he makes a trip to Virginia that's drawing criticism from Republicans.

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Gov. Chris Christie listens as President Barack Obama speaks to the National Governors Association in the State Dining room of the White House
Gov. Chris Christie listens as President Barack Obama speaks to the National Governors Association in the State Dining room of the White House (Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
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The Obamas, Biden Speak To Governors [VIDEO]

President Barack Obama says Congress can keep across-the-board cuts from taking effect with "just a little bit of compromise while the first lady talked about making it easier for veterans to get jobs when they return home.

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks to the National Governors Association
President Barack Obama delivers remarks to the National Governors Association (Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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As Cuts Loom, Obama Meets With Governors [VIDEO]

President Barack Obama will be meeting with the nation's governors as they push Congress to avert deep federal spending cuts that begin to take effect Friday.

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President Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address
(Photo by Charles Dharapak-Pool/Getty Images)
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White House: Education, Military Would See Big Cuts In NJ [VIDEO]

A White House report shows education and the military would see big reductions in New Jersey if automatic cuts to the federal budget take hold this week.

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