1. SHRINK

    Obama Seeks to Merge Agencies

    US President Barack Obama addresses a campaign event at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, on January 11, 2012. Obama sought to strike an implicit contrast with his most likely general election foe Mitt Romney, imploring big businesses to bring home US jobs outsourced overseas. White House officials insist that Obama has not yet started to focus on his bid for a second term in November, but is instead concentrating every day on his job, which he sees as reviving the economy and cutting unemployment. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Jewel Samad, AFP / Getty Images

    Who are you calling fiscally irresponsible, Ron Paul and Rick Perry? President Barack Obama is seeking the power to merge agencies in a bid to shrink the federal government in a sweeping move. Obama will ask Congress to give him authority to consolidate six trade and commerce agencies that have overlapping programs, cutting up to 2,000 jobs and saving $3 billion over 10 years. He'll call for a vote by Congress within 90 days.

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