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Washington (CNN) – In a way, President Barack Obama's budget speech Wednesday was all about timing: He had played the adult in a successful congressional lame-duck session in December. He reprised the role in averting the government shutdown crisis.
In the meantime, House Republicans had delivered a politically risky budget, calling for the transformation of Medicare into a voucher program - and no tax increases for the wealthy. They would vote on the highly flammable political proposition in a day or two.FULL STORY