The sun gleamed down on the closed Washington Monument as the federal budget impasse continued in Washington on Jan. 4, 1996. Brawling and bargaining by turns, President Clinton and Republican congressional leaders struggled to make progress toward a balanced budget, while blaming each other for a partial government shutdown that inconvenienced millions. Dennis Cook/AP hide caption

toggle caption Dennis Cook/AP

Democrats, GOP Try To Be Pennywise And Political

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/134069838/134123054" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Democratic Governors Visit White House

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/134065791/134065764" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Cleveland Businesses Tell Obama How He Can Help

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/133986497/133986538" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Obama Team Holds Business Summit In Cleveland

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/133955133/133955119" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

President Obama faced a battery of questions about his budget Tuesday during a news conference at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington. One problem Obama and other politicians confront when it comes to the budget is that most voters want more government than they're willing to pay for. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Balancing The Budget: The Problem Might Be You

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/133783606/133800133" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Cutting Entitlements Could Be Politically Risky

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/133769005/133769039" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Obama Promises Budget To Reduce Deficit

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/133740564/133740602" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Downsizing Government's Role In Mortgage Market

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/133699709/133709093" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Obama's 2012 Budget To Include 'Tough Choices'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/133691035/133690979" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Trade Pacts Should Help With Export Goal

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/133644818/133644811" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

New Approach: Obama Woos Chamber Of Commerce

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/133551752/133557352" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Obama Presses Egypt For Quicker Transition

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/133504095/133504046" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Ronald Reagan's Legacy Clouds Tax Record

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/133489113/133489099" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Obama Touts Clean Energy As Jobs Booster

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/133475331/133475315" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Obama Tells Mubarak It's Time For Transition

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/133424480/133424443" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript