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  • Government shutdown: Will those who like government least miss it most?

    Government shutdown: Will those who like government least miss it most?

    The mail will still go through, as will Social Security payments, veterans benefits, and military pay. Federal employees will still direct plane traffic, inspect food, and prosecute crime. By its own estimates, the federal government represents about 8 percent of the United States economy, so the economic impact of a long government shutdown would eventually affect just about everybody. Even in the short term, some groups will notice. Ironically, some of those who will be affected most are those who like government least. Here's a look at four such groups:

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  • Will Saturday cuts save the Postal Service?

    Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe announced plans to reduce Saturday deliveries beginning in August. The Postal Service says the changes will save $2 billion annually. Though The Postal Service lost $15.9 billion last fiscal year, some in Congress and elsewhere oppose the Saturday cutbacks. 

  • Slimmed farm bill reveals waning influence of agriculture

    The 'dairy cliff' may have been avoided, but what was once a half-trillion-dollar bill full of subsidies for farmers was slimmed down to a no-frills extension. The once all-powerful farm interest may have lost its pull.

  • Milk prices could double if Congress doesn't act (+video)

    Milk prices are poised to move higher next year unless Congress passes legislation to supersede a 1949 law. That law would boost milk prices by forcing up the price at which government buys milk to keep it off store shelves. 

  • US: Canadian oil pipeline hazardous to the environment

    US: Canadian oil pipeline hazardous to the environment

    A controversial oil-sands pipeline operated by a Canadian oil company was ordered shut down Friday on charges that its continued operation would be hazardous to lives and the environment.

  • Government shutdown: Will those who like government least miss it most?

    Government shutdown: Will those who like government least miss it most?

    The mail will still go through, as will Social Security payments, veterans benefits, and military pay. Federal employees will still direct plane traffic, inspect food, and prosecute crime. By its own estimates, the federal government represents about 8 percent of the United States economy, so the economic impact of a long government shutdown would eventually affect just about everybody. Even in the short term, some groups will notice. Ironically, some of those who will be affected most are those who like government least. Here's a look at four such groups:

  • Hunger and food security: One way to create an African breadbasket

    Hunger and food security: One way to create an African breadbasket

    Foreign investment in a Zambian farming firm may be a business model for Africa's hunger and food security problems.

  • Obama's green team

    Bright Green Obama's green team

    At a news conference in Chicago Monday, Barack Obama announced many of his energy and environment appointees, a team that many say signals a sharp break from Bush administration policies toward pollution, wildlife, clean energy, and climate change.

  • Time running out for U.S. farm bill

    Time running out for U.S. farm bill

    As deadline looms, lawmakers make a last-ditch effort to resolve funding and policy disputes.