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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Janesville and the 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. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.