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President Obama calls his latest budget proposal a "responsible alternative" to massive cuts demanded by Tea Party Republicans.  Will the upcoming battle shut down the government? Also, will the ripple effect from Tunisia and Egypt become a Middle Eastern tsunami?

Banner image: President Barack Obama's budget is unpacked by aides of the Senate Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, February 14, 2011. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Gary Scott
Christian Bordal
Andrea Brody

Main Topic After Egypt: How the Arab World Is Reacting 21 MIN, 44 SEC

In Egypt, the new military government has promised to end the state of emergency and re-write the constitution.  Soldiers have told remaining protesters on Tahrir Square it's time to go back to work. We update the situation in the region.

Guests:
David Kirkpatrick, New York Times (@kirkpatricknyt)
Borzou Daragahi, Financial Times (@borzou )
Fares Braizat, Arab Center for Research
Steven Cook, Council on Foreign Relations (@stevenacook)

Ruling But Not Governing

Steven A. Cook

Main Topic Obama, Republicans Bring Out the Budget Knives 29 MIN, 14 SEC

This week, Republicans plan to set records with proposed spending cuts. Today, President Obama offered what he's calling a "responsible alternative." It hits hard at programs dear to Democrats — to provide increases for education, infrastructure and clean energy. It also raises some taxes. Republicans call it an "abdication of leadership." But it's just the beginning of a process that could lead to a government shutdown if there's no compromise. Is either side really making hard choices? We look at the early maneuvering and ask why neither side has yet to mention Medicare, the military, Social Security and the long-term deficit.

Guests:
Jim Tankersley, Washington Post (@jimtankersley)
Maya MacGuineas, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (@MayaMacGuineas)
Mick Mulvaney, Congressman (R-SC)
Scott Lilly, former Staff Director, Congressman David Obey (D-WI)

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