Political Highs and Lows of 2013

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  • More Lows Than Highs
  • Inauguration Day
  • The S Word
  • Voting Rights Act
  • March on Washington
  • Voters Stand Their Ground Against Gun Control
  • Government Shutdown
  • GOP Blues
  • Failure to Launch
  • How Do They Like Him Now?
  • Looks Like America
  • Sen. Cory Booker

The S Word

The White House and congressional Republicans were unable to reach a budget agreement by March 1, which triggered sequestration – automatic, across-the-board cuts in government spending. As a result, jobs and vital services were reduced, and federal employees lucky enough to hang onto their jobs were forced to take unpaid furlough days.

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