FROM Jamie Dupree
You'll Still See Military Branding on NASCAR Cars Congressional budget cutters are sharpening their pencils, even when it comes to defense. The National Guard's sponsorship of NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has barely survived – the vote in Congress was 216 to 212 -- but the Army is dumping the racing team of Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman. James Dupree is Radio News Director of the Cox Media Group 's Washington Bureau.
Appointments to Congressional 'Super Committee' Nearly Complete The 12-member, bipartisan Super Committee created by the debt-ceiling deal has enormous responsibility to exercise in a short time: identify $1.5 trillion in budget cuts by Thanksgiving. Nine of the 12 have now been chosen by leaders of the House and the Senate. Jamie Dupree is Washington Bureau Chief for the Cox Media Group, parent of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution .
The Grim Aftermath of the Debt Deal Shortly after the Senate past the deficit-reduction bill, President Obama signed it, and the US has met tonight's debt-ceiling deadline. But the President said it was all the result of a " manufactured crisis ." The US will be able to pay its bills, but what's the impact of the hard-won deficit-reduction agreement on jobs, the economy and America's credit rating? Photo: Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) addresses the press after the Senate passed the Budget Control Act of 2011.
President Obama Signs Debt Deal The Senate has joined the House in passing the deficit-reduction bill, and President Obama has already signed it. But he called it the result of a " manufactured crisis ," and listed a host of actions he wants Congress to take when both houses return from their August recess. Jamie Dupree is Washington Bureau Chief the Cox Media Group, parent of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution .
Winners and Losers in the Budget Shutdown Showdown Democrats wanted a spending freeze, while Republicans demanded $61 billion in cuts. The final agreement was $39 billion, and the Republicans dropped efforts to undercut healthcare reform and family planning. Those are the broad outlines of last Friday's agreement , with the details yet to come, and even, perhaps, still subject to change.
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.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.