Obama, Republicans Bring Out the Budget Knives
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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
Obama, Republicans Bring Out the Budget Knives ()
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.
- Jim Tankersley: Economics Correspondent, National Journal, @jimtankersley
- Maya MacGuineas: President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, @MayaMacGuineas
- Mick Mulvaney: Congressman (R-SC)
- Scott Lilly: former Staff Director, Congressman David Obey (D-WI)
After Egypt: How the Arab World Is Reacting ()
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.
- David Kirkpatrick: Cairo Bureau Chief, New York Times, @kirkpatricknyt
- Borzou Daragahi: Middle East Correspondent, Los Angeles Times, @borzou
- Fares Braizat: Professor of Political Science, Arab Center for Research
- Steven Cook: Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, @stevenacook
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