The Winners and Losers in the Budget Deal
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Budget cuts, healthcare and family planning were the major stumbling blocks to keeping the government running. As we wait to find out what kept it open, we hear different views of who won what both sides agree was just a preliminary confrontation. Also, Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo arrested, and France's law against the Muslim burka went into effect today, but not without protest.
Banner image: Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) (L) speaks as Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) (R) listens April 7, 2011 at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
Ivory Coast Strongman Gbagbo Arrested after French Forces Intervene ()
French forces today attacked the residence of Laurent Gbagbo, who's refused to accept losing last November's election as President of Ivory Coast, also called Cote D'Azure. He was placed under the control of Alassane Ouattara, who was recognized internationally as the winner. Colum Lynch, United Nations correspondent for the Washington Post, also writes the Turtle Bay blog at ForeignPolicy.com.
The Shutdown Showdown ()
The government shutdown was averted on Friday night with only an hour to spare. Even though details have not been revealed, both sides claim victory. The Republicans got $39 billion in budget cuts, when the Democrats didn't want any. The Democrats held off assaults on healthcare reform and family planning. But that was just about this year's budget, and the big stuff is yet to come, with President Obama announcing his own plan for reducing the deficit on Wednesday. In the meantime, we hear how both parties are spinning the aftermath of a potential crisis and what comes next.
- Jennifer Rubin: Washington Post, @JRubinBlogger
- David Corn: Mother Jones, @DavidCornDC
- Walter Hudson: North Star Tea Party Patriots
- Sarah Posner: ReligionDispatches.org, @sarahposner
- Janice Shaw Crouse: Beverly Lahaye Institute, @CWforA
- Jamie Dupree: Cox Media, @jamiedupree
France's Burqa Ban Begins Today ()
The French law that went into effect today does not use the words "women," "Muslim" or "veil," but says that it's illegal to hide the face in a public place. It was pushed hard by President Nicolas Sarkozy, even though only a small minority of the country's five million Muslim women actually wear the burqa. When Parliament passed it, there was widespread public support. Today, there was a protest outside the Notre Dame cathedral. Sophie Pedder is Paris Bureau Chief for the Economist magazine.
- Sophie Pedder: Economist magazine
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