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Behind the Numbers: January 2, 2011 - January 8, 2011

Public's take on cutting defense

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates on Thursday announced proposals to cut $78 billion in the Pentagon's spending over the next five years. That's unusual news for a department that's seen rapidly increasing budgets for the past decade, and may meet with public resistance.

By Peyton M. Craighill  | January 7, 2011; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Federal Budget Deficit, Post Polls  | Tags:  Post-ABC, Washington Post-ABC News, defense, deficit, economy, polls  
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Americans split on how to interpret Constitution

There is a set text to the U.S. Constitution, but the public splits about evenly on whether the country's courts should stick narrowly to its original meaning when deciding law.

By Jon Cohen  | January 5, 2011; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Post Polls  | Tags:  Boehner, Polls, Supreme Court  
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