Capitol Hill (CNN) - As we shake off the political hangover from Friday, American Sauce brings you what we know about this shutdown-averting-(barely) budget deal. In three sensible parts:
1. The Money Details We Know
2. The Policy Details We Know
3. Why This Was All a Relatively Dumb Debate
Washington (CNN) – A government shutdown may sound like an abstract idea, but at the end of the day it affects actual places and actual people.
CNN Radio's Lisa Desjardins takes a look at what happens if the government shuts down and how it affects different areas of the country.
Capitol Hill (CNN) – Oil has just hit a 30-month high, Japan is battling with a potential nuclear disaster and this week marks the anniversary of the deadly Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion.
The potential energy crisis of future years may be sending early transmission signals. Yes, last week (you missed this?) President Obama announced a new(er) energy policy. But still no significant action from Congress or Washington.
Where does the U.S. stand with energy? Listen to this week's American Sauce for a highly-efficient look at the major forms of energy we use, how much we have and quick hits of the pros and cons of each. And we also give you a mental map of nuclear energy in America.
Capitol Hill (CNN) – Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden beamed that Congress and the White House were circling around “$73 Billion” in budget cuts.
But that’s not $73 Billion in real-people dollars. That’s $73 Billion in imaginary, government-speak dollars.
How much is it actually? Keep reading.
Capitol Hill (CNN) - Top Republicans and Democrats are spending most of the day criticizing or supporting the President, questioning or applauding the Libya mission and attacking or undermining each other when it comes to a possible government shutdown.
Don't let the heated air distract you from the actual work, the real votes happening in Congress today.
Here are two votes that will hit the House floor Tuesday that many others will miss:
Capitol Hill (CNN) – Consider this a spending battle intervention. Congress has two weeks to come up with another spending bill or government will shut down, sending millions of federal workers home and delighting producers of Sunday talk shows.
Instead of focusing on the potential Smithsonian-closing drama, this week American Sauce offers a cut-to-the-chase map of the spending battle reality.
Congress may get its closest yet to a shutdown and we explain why, without adding exclamation marks about passport offices shuttering.
Want to cut through all the jibber jabber and get your hands around the spending battle that could shut down government? Listen to our podcast here.
Or keep reading for a few bullet points.
Capitol Hill (CNN) – One year ago today, the House of Representatives narrowly but decisively passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 221-219. Within days, the health care bill was signed by the president and became, as it is now, Public Law 111-148.
But implementation of some of the bigger health reform chunks is not going as expected.
Capitol Hill (CNN) – In the past two years, the deficit has risen to become the near center of the political universe. It lies underneath every congressional debate and has soared up public opinion polls. (In a December CNN poll, 93 percent of those surveyed said the deficit is a concern, 68 percent saying it worries them "a lot".)
But why, exactly, does the deficit matter? We lay it out in this week's American Sauce podcast.
And this Mardi Gras week, we take listeners to an old mansion in New Orleans, to hear how the city's recovery is unfolding for residents of Big Easy.