February 15, 2011 Today on Talk of the Nation, some of the pros and cons of the proposed budget, Jeopardy! phenom Ken Jennings takes on Watson, quitting smoking, and the issue of ideological diversity among university colleagues.
February 14, 2011 A president's budget should always be read first as a political document and no more so than when that president is running for re-election.So President Obama's goal was to practice the political version of the physician's Hippocratic Oath: First do no harm to your chances of winning a second term.
February 14, 2011 The NY Times has a neat interactive, birds-eye view of how agencies will fare under Obama's budget.
February 14, 2011 Today on Talk of the Nation, guest host Rebecca Roberts talks with guests about the significance of developments in Egypt, the possible demise of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, How We Age and President Obama's 2012 budget.
February 14, 2011 Monday was another engagement in what's likely to be a long twilight struggle between President Obama and Republicans over the best way to get the nation's fiscal house in order while providing the best climate for future economic growth.
February 14, 2011 The administration also projects that the deficit for the current year will surge to an all-time high of $1.65 trillion.
February 11, 2011 Tea Party House freshmen have exerted their power, forcing their leaders to keep a campaign pledge. House leaders appeared ready to compromise on a campaign pledge to cut $100 billion in spending with $74 billion in cuts.
January 25, 2011 The 5-year freeze proposal expands on Obama's earlier call for a 3-year freeze on discretionary spending. The problem is, freezing discretionary spending doesn't solve the overall fiscal problem which is driven more by entitlement spending.
January 20, 2011 To get their savings House Republicans targeted many programs they've had in the sights for decades. Besides cutting money to implement the health care law, the proposed cuts would include the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Amtrak.