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Full Episode: Federal Probes into Policing, New Defense Chief, Averting a Government Shutdown

December 5, 2014
Justice Department investigates police shootings.
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Deal to avert a shutdown?

December 4, 2014
Carrie Budoff Brown, Jake Sherman, John Bresnahan | Politico
The White House isn’t ruling out the House Republicans’ government funding plan, removing a potential barrier to resolving a fight over funding the government before it runs out of money in eight days.

September 23, 2011

November 3, 2014
Obama's deficit reduction plan; Palestine at UN; Congressional infighting; GOP debate
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House bill would fund government through mid-December

September 10, 2014
Susan Davis | USA Today
House bill would fund government through mid-December
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The Unexpected Ceasefire in Washington’s Tax Wars

June 20, 2014
John Harwood | The New York Times
“I grew up castrating hogs,” Joni Ernst tells voters in Iowa in her signature TV ad, vowing to “make ′em squeal” in Washington. But she’s not talking about cutting income tax rates.
Rep Paul Ryan (R-WI)
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Paul Ryan’s final budget plan would slash $5 trillion in next decade

April 2, 2014
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) introduced a budget proposal Tuesday that would cut more than $5 trillion in federal spending over the next decade, primarily by effectively repealing President Obama’s signature health-care law and greatly reducing funding for social programs.
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Why the Obama budget is already dead

March 5, 2014
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
Congress has passed a two-year budget agreement that sets spending levels through the end of 2015, meaning that members of the House and Senate can justifiably dismiss the budget President Obama unveiled Tuesday as irrelevant. But the White House is required by law to present a budget proposal each year, so Obama used the moment to release an ambitious proposal that relies on more than $1 trillion in new taxes and includes more than $55 billion in new spending. Next week, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is expected to follow up with a proposal that will focus on welfare reform and an overhaul of social programs, including Head Start and Medicaid.
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Obama Budget Sees Deficit Reduction From Health Law

March 5, 2014
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
President Obama told Congress Tuesday the nation could inch closer to a balanced budget in a decade, thanks (in part) to billions of dollars in savings made possible through provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The president may see the proof he seeks before leaving office in 2017, but experts say it is still too soon to calculate how the embattled 2010 law will impact the overall budget in 2024. Obama, who sent Congress his budget blueprint for the year that will begin Oct. 1, touted the downward trend in federal health care spending achieved as the health reform law has been implemented.
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