(CNN) – As Congress and the White House fight over every billion in revenue and spending cuts, there is some $200 billion in savings on the table that many economists insist is a no-brainer.
The idea is to simply change how the US calculates inflation from the current Consumer Price Index measures to one that is arguably more accurate, the chained CPI.
(CNN) -– For 25 years, a private non-profit group of roughly a dozen people, operating without oversight, has been running America's presidential and vice-presidential debates.
To some, the Commission on Presidential Debates is a political hero, providing thoughtful stability and ensuring that U.S. presidential candidates do in fact debate each other. Multiple times. In a dignified setting.
Editor's note: Embed America is a partnership between CNN Radio and CNN iReport. This series tells the story of the 2012 U.S. presidential election through the people most critical to the campaigns: the voters. CNN Radio is traveling across the country to interview iReporters on election issues close to their hearts. These issues were named important by iReporters during phase 1 of the iReport Debate.
(CNN) - Amanda Sedgmer, mother of five and daughter of coal country, believes that in this presidential election, her way of life is at stake.
"If you ask anybody in the coal industry what would happen if Obama is re-elected, they'd say the coal industry is done," said Sedgmer, whose husband, Ryan, is a coal miner and whose family has depended on the industry for at least four generations.
Lewiston, Maine (CNN) - There are a dozen issues Embed America is covering first hand this month, crisscrossing the highways of America. None of them gets more time at the political podium than jobs.
But in Lewiston, Maine people told us that the candidates neither understand the problem nor how to solve it. And Lewiston, nicknamed “the industrial heart of Maine," is a near perfect sample of what’s happening across the country – a place that is both creating some jobs and suffering because it has too far few of them.
Kensington, NH (CNN) – In fiery speeches and fundraising pleas, both sides in the 2012 presidential contest are stressing one common theme: This is a critical election year. It matters.
Voters may see it very differently.
Arlington, Virginia (CNN) - Ron Paul supporters have a plan.
As they doggedly work the Republican system from the ground up, electing more of their team as delegates to the Republican National Convention, they have a heavyweight plan that's markedly different from the rumors of convention subterfuge and the guess of simply getting their candidate to the podium.
Washington (CNN) – The Supreme Court arguments Tuesday may be the most pivotal 120 minutes of judicial interaction in decades. (Nit-pickers: Bush v. Gore was 90 minutes.)
But not everyone has two hours to listen to the full audio. Thus, we've edited and compiled the top five exchanges that may give insight into how the justices see the case. Ordered by when they happened, not by importance.
Washington (CNN) – Congress is making two years worth of decisions now, while the rest of the world is at the mall, packing up the car and otherwise bracing for Christmas and New Year's.
This week's American Sauce cuts through the political noise to give you you a 20-minute summary of the massive news which has been almost eclipsed by the holidays: Government spending. Don't Ask Don't Tell. A major vote on illegal immigration. Taxes. Unemployment. Click here to listen. Click below to see a written cheat sheet.
Health care anyone? This Sauce episode also breaks free from the D.C. media peloton and digs into last week's Virginia court ruling that impacts the new health care law. Finally, we interview a soon-to-be unemployed congressman. Defeated in November, he and his dwindling staff now work out of a single cubicle in an almost Orwellian room packed with lawmakers on their way out of Congress.
Click to listen, or keep reading for our cheat sheet.
Washington (CNN) - November's vote for change (2010 version), starts becoming reality this week. Exiting members of Congress lose their office space and the small army of new members and Speaker-elect John Boehner can openly measure and order their drapes.
But that's just the cosmetics. What are Republicans doing to make good on their version of the promise to change how Washington works?
WASHINGTON (CNN) – As Democrats scrambled to meet self-imposed deadlines, Senate Republicans froze the health care debate for at least a day Wednesday by insisting that a 767-page mega-amendment be read out loud in its entirety.
The move was poised take some 12 hours or more and grind Senate business to a halt for the day. It also threatened Democrats' ability to pass a health care bill before Christmas.
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, set things in motion around lunchtime Wednesday. As the Senate moved to a sweeping single-payer amendment by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, Coburn objected to the common Senate procedure that waives the actual out-loud reading of the proposal.
"I would ask that the amendment be considered as read," Sanders said on the floor.