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Capitol Hill (CNN) – This is not a simple deal, folks, but here is a first bottom-line American Sauce take at the cuts and some of the policy in this budget proposal. (The one funding government through September.)
Note, there is still some significant confusion about a few of the biggest numbers. Meaning, confusion within government itself. So read carefully.
Read the bill: here.
Listen to our American Sauce, "what is going on?" podcast on the budget deal here. Or keep reading for what others might miss as well as the biggest cuts and biggest budget increases in the deal.
Washington (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that the fiscal year 2012 blueprint put forward by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, "fails the test of balance, and balance is essential."
Ryan's plan puts the burden of balancing the budget on seniors, the middle class and the disabled while failing to ask for more from the richest Americans, Carney said.
President Barack Obama is scheduled to give a speech Wednesday outlining his new deficit reduction plan.
Washington (CNN) – There was a terrible rainstorm here on Tuesday morning, but NBC News anchorman and special correspondent Tom Brokaw said he woke up knowing there was just no way that an event on the National Mall honoring a certain World War II veteran would be cancelled.
"Don't worry about it, God wouldn't dare rain on Bob Dole's parade," Brokaw quipped at the beginning of a ceremony honoring the former Republican Senator and presidential nominee's efforts to create the National World War II Memorial.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may have signed onto the budget deal with House Speaker John Boehner on Friday night, but the number two House Democrat hasn't made up his mind yet.
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters Tuesday he was still reviewing the legislation with his staff. Details of the spending cuts for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year were unveiled shortly before 2 a.m. ET on Tuesday and Hoyer, who is responsible for rounding up votes, said he hasn't begun asking House Democrats yet whether they will vote for the deal.
Washington (CNN) – Though Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe hasn't drawn a Democratic challenger yet, she's plenty prepared for a re-election battle. According to fundraising numbers for the first quarter released Monday, Maine's third term senator has over $2 million in cash on hand.
Snowe raised $877,019 in the first quarter of 2011 and spent $62,433 on her 2012 U.S. Senate campaign. She will report $2,050,053 in cash on hand 17 months before the Senate election, according to numbers released by her office.
Washington (CNN)– Rep. Michele Bachmann was heckled by a handful of University of Iowa students at an appearance in the Hawkeye state on Monday.
The Minnesota Republican spoke for under thirty minutes about her opposition to abortion, same-sex marriage, and concerns with national debt, at the university memorial union in Iowa City, according to the Des Moines Register.
TOPICS: Republican presidential nomination in 2012
Washington (CNN) - Donald Trump is now tied with Mike Huckabee for first place when Republicans are asked who they support for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, according to a new national poll.
But while a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday indicates that the real estate mogul and reality TV star has nearly doubled his support since mid-March, it doesn't mean he has smooth sailing ahead.
Washington (CNN) – In what could become one of this cycle's most expensive Senate battles, it appears Republican George Allen is planting the first flag.
Allen's campaign reports that the former Virginia governor and two-term senator raised $1.5 million in the first quarter of this year.
Washington (CNN) - Business mogul Donald Trump is aiming his latest war of words against Bill Cosby, saying the famous comedian is "incoherent" and "dishonest"
Trump's outburst – which came in a written statement Monday – followed comments last week by Cosby during an appearance on NBC's Today Show, during which he declared Trump either needs to run for president now or "shut up."