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Congress: 'Cut it or shut it'

“Tea party activists trumpeted their all-or-nothing stance on spending cuts Thursday on Capitol Hill, even as House Republicans negotiated a compromise with Senate Democrats to avoid a government shutdown,” Roll Call reports. “‘Cut it or shut it’ was the mantra of activists at the rally hosted by the Tea Party Patriots….”

“The head of the IRS said Thursday that a government shutdown during tax season would be a challenge the agency has never confronted before — and one that would become more complicated as the April filing deadline draws closer,” The Hill reports.

“Senate Republicans are growing impatient with the stalemate over 2011 funding levels and want to save their political capital for a debate on the debt limit and entitlement reform,” The Hill reports.

“The Senate set up a vote for Tuesday on a bill that would make the first significant change to President Barack Obama’s signature health care overhaul law,” Roll Call reports. “Under an agreement reached Thursday, the Senate will vote on a House-passed bill that would repeal a tax-reporting requirement included in the health care law.”

“Eric Turner, a Republican state representative in Indiana, is in hot water this week after arguing that women might lie about rape or incest in order to get an abortion,” the New York Daily News reports.