American Sauce: the government shutdown deal
April 11th, 2011
03:11 PM ET
3 years ago

American Sauce: the government shutdown deal


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

Listen to our podcast here. Or keep reading and comment below.
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Filed under: American Sauce • Government Shutdown
What happens in a shutdown?
April 7th, 2011
03:39 PM ET
3 years ago

What happens in a shutdown?


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.


Filed under: American Sauce • Budget • Government Shutdown
Quick take: Ryan/GOP Budget Breakdown
April 5th, 2011
11:21 AM ET
3 years ago

Quick take: Ryan/GOP Budget Breakdown

Capitol Hill (CNN) – Here it is folks. The American Sauce easy-to-scan bullet points, from my reading of the 78-page ten-year plan from House Budget chief Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin. Add comments below.

This is important stuff. (Duh.):
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Filed under: American Sauce • Budget • Government Shutdown • Paul Ryan
American Sauce: Energy Crisis 101
April 5th, 2011
11:00 AM ET
3 years ago

American Sauce: Energy Crisis 101


 

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.

Listen here. Or keep reading.
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Filed under: American Sauce • Budget • Energy
American Sauce: Beware Biden’s Math
March 31st, 2011
02:40 PM ET
3 years ago

American Sauce: Beware Biden’s Math

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.
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Filed under: American Sauce • Congress
American Sauce: Votes today that others will miss
March 29th, 2011
03:39 PM ET
3 years ago

American Sauce: Votes today that others will miss

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:
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Filed under: American Sauce • Capitol Hill
American Sauce: Spending and shutdown battle 101
March 28th, 2011
02:53 PM ET
3 years ago

American Sauce: Spending and shutdown battle 101


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.
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American Sauce: Health care law turns one
March 21st, 2011
12:41 PM ET
3 years ago

American Sauce: Health care law turns one


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.
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American Sauce: New saloons and modern immigrants
March 14th, 2011
02:59 PM ET
3 years ago

American Sauce: New saloons and modern immigrants


Capitol Hill (CNN) – This week American Sauce looks at three things Congress likes to kick around a lot, but which rarely get in-depth attention from the Capitol Hill podiums: *legal* immigration, small business and obesity.
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Filed under: American Sauce • Capitol Hill
American Sauce: Why does the deficit matter?
March 7th, 2011
02:44 PM ET
3 years ago

American Sauce: Why does the deficit matter?


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.

Listen here


Or continue reading.
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Filed under: American Sauce • Capitol Hill • Deficit
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