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Rep. Ed Perlmutter, Colorado Democrat, says language tucked a in the stopgap spending bill to fund the federal government for the rest of the year clashes with the Obama administration’s efforts to trace guns used in crimes. (Associated Press)

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Four years have passed since CNBC analyst Rick Santelli sparked the creation of the tea party movement with his “rant heard ’round the world” decrying the federal government. (CNBC)

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Four years have passed since CNBC analyst Rick Santelli sparked the creation of the tea party movement with his “rant heard ’round the world” decrying the federal government. (CNBC)

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Cyclist Floyd Landis filed a whistleblower lawsuit saying former teammate Lance Armstrong defrauded the federal government by using performance-enhancing drugs and overseeing other riders doing the same, thereby violating the terms of a U.S. Postal Service sponsorship contract. (Associated Press)

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Ronald Reagan, attended by his wife, Nancy, is sworn in as the 40th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 1981, with a vow to ferret out waste and mismanagement in the federal government. (AP Photo)

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This image provided by Osram Sylvania shows what the company says is the first bulb that uses light-emitting diodes that shine as brightly as regular 100-watt bulbs. The bulbs provide an alternative to compact fluorescents. The federal government banned the production of regular 100-watt bulbs at the start of the year. (AP Photo/Osram Sylvania)

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This image provided by Osram Sylvania shows what the company says is the first bulb that uses light-emitting diodes that shine as brightly as regular 100-watt bulbs. The bulbs provide an alternative to compact fluorescents. The federal government banned the production of regular 100-watt bulbs at the start of the year. (AP Photo/Osram Sylvania)

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The federal government can require tobacco companies to "reserve significant packaging space" for anti-smoking warnings and graphic images, such as this one from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a three-judge appellate panel ruled Monday. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via Associated Press)

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Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, is very skeptical the federal government can afford to provide $200 million over a decade in new funding the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City in tough budget times. (Associated Press)

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Ronald Reagan, attended by his wife, Nancy, is sworn in as the 40th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 1981, with a vow to ferret out waste and mismanagement in the federal government. (AP Photo)