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CNN: Obama talks fiscal reform at town hall-style meeting
Facing a possible future downgrade of America's credit rating, President Barack Obama on Tuesday told the first of three town hall-style meetings this week that a "big philosophical divide" exists between his approach to deficit reduction and how Republicans think. The hour-long event at Northern Virginia Community College brought few challenging questions from a mostly student audience that cheered Obama and applauded his major policy statements. Given such free rein, Obama delivered campaign-style messages that emphasized what he called his balanced approach to reducing federal deficits and bringing down the national debt versus a Republican proposal that the president characterized as unfair to middle-class Americans and vulnerable communities such as senior citizens.
Washington (CNN) - One of the Democrats' brand-new independent-expenditure groups is going on the offensive – already.
House Majority PAC, a third-party group dedicated to winning Democratic control of the House of Representatives, will begin airing radio ads on Thursday as part of a six-figure campaign, sources familiar with the effort said. The ads target 10 House Republicans who voted for Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget. It accuses them of trying to gut Medicare while giving a tax break to the wealthy.