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Graham's First Act as Prez? Sic Military on Congress

To get them to reverse defense, intel budget cuts

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham is still talking . His latest headline-worthy quote: If he becomes our next president, the very first thing he will do is deploy the military. Against ... Congress. "I wouldn't let Congress leave town until we fix this," he said yesterday at New Hampshire's "politics... More »

Surprise, Surprise: Another Debt Ceiling Standoff Looms

Boehner talks tough ahead of president's speeches

(Newser) - See if this sounds familiar: The White House and House Republicans appear headed toward a standoff over the debt ceiling this fall, reports NBC News . That's after John Boehner's statement this morning: “We're not going to raise the debt ceiling without real cuts in spending. It'... More »

Now Can We Stop Cutting the Weather Service?

Oklahoma tornado should be a warning: David Sirota

(Newser) - The National Weather Service had a warning in effect 16 minutes before yesterday's tragic Oklahoma tornado —but we may not be as prepared next time around, thanks to the sequester's 8.2% cut to the Weather Service, David Sirota writes on Salon . The organization representing weather service... More »

Latest Victim of Budget Cuts: Air Shows

Dozens of shows called off after Blue Angels, Thunderbirds grounded

(Newser) - Automatic federal budget cuts have sent air shows around the US into a tailspin from which some may never recover. The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds jet teams and the Golden Knights parachute team, the biggest attractions at many shows, were grounded April 1, causing 60 of the country's 300... More »

And the Airport Delays Begin...

Air traffic controllers, TSA workers, customs workers go on furlough

(Newser) - Here we go: Those promised airport delays , the result of furloughs caused by the sequester, have arrived. All three major NYC-area airports saw flights falling behind schedule yesterday and, as the Washington Post puts it, air traffic controllers "never caught up," with delays clocking in at between one... More »

Budget Cuts Will Close Some Smithsonian Exhibits

Institution will start rolling gallery closures

(Newser) - Bad news for museum lovers: Budget cuts from Congress will soon reduce the number of free exhibitions on view each day at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough is telling Congress today that the museum complex must reduce its security contract for gallery attendants because of the... More »

GOP Leaders Like Obama's Social Security Cuts

Hearings to begin in House subcommittees this week

(Newser) - Democrats aren't happy with the part of President Obama's budget proposal that involves cutting Social Security benefits , but Republican leaders just love it, the Washington Post reports. John Boehner is trying to muffle any GOP criticism of the budget proposal, which is mainly coming from Republican lawmakers... More »

FAA Shutting 'Only' 149 Air Traffic Towers

Sequestration forces cuts at small airports

(Newser) - In case you're counting: The FAA is now planning to close 149 air traffic control towers due to sequestration, not 173 as originally reported . And all of the closings will be at small airports, not mid-sized as well, reports the AP . Affected airports will remain open, which leaves pilots... More »

With State Cuts, Public University Costs Skyrocket

Amount students pay climbed record 8.3% last year

(Newser) - Going to a state school may be becoming less of a great way to keep college costs down: With state governments cutting funding, the amount public-college students paid in tuition (after scholarships and grants) soared 8.3% last year. That's the heftiest hike on record, reports the Wall Street ... More »

White House, GOP Upbeat on Avoiding Shutdown

Boehner cites agreement with Obama

(Newser) - The next big budget debate—over money to keep the government open—shouldn't be as fraught as the last one, leaders say. "The president agreed that we should not have any talk of a government shutdown," John Boehner told NBC in an interview broadcast yesterday. "So... More »

Sequester Day Has Arrived

At some point today, Obama will have to initiate the cuts

(Newser) - Happy sequester day, America. By 11:59 tonight, Barack Obama will have to formally notify federal agencies that it's time to start implementing across-the-board cuts, barring a last-minute deal that at this point seems wildly improbable. While Congressional leaders will meet at the White House today, there's so... More »

Boehner to Senate: 'Get Off Your Ass'

Sequester: Bernanke frets, Obama stumps, and public shrugs

(Newser) - John Boehner fired a sharply-worded salvo in the sequester blame game today, telling the Senate to "get off their ass" and pass a bill. "We have moved a bill in the House twice," Boehner told reporters. "We should not have to move a third bill before... More »

Stewart, Fox Mock Sequester Panic

Get ready for the end of life as we know it: hosts

(Newser) - It's not often that the Daily Show and Fox News are on the same page—but it seems the sequester is bringing them together. Both shows are ridiculing the current automatic-budget-cut obsession, Mediaite reports, with Jon Stewart last night donning a hazmat suit. We're "four days away... More »

White House: Here's How Sequester Will Hit Your State

State-by-state breakdown released as deadline looms

(Newser) - The White House has released detailed breakdowns of how the across-the-board spending cuts called the sequester will affect individual states, reports the Washington Post , which has collected the state-by-state reports here . The reports on all 50 states and the District of Columbia detail the sequester's effects on things like... More »

Stop Overhyping the Sequester

These spending cuts will not bring about Armageddon: Matt Miller

(Newser) - Enough with the sequester hype, pleads Matt Miller in the Washington Post . We're less than two weeks away from across-the-board spending cuts unless a last-minute deal emerges, and to hear President Obama and others tell it, everyone should head to their underground bunkers now. "Criminals would run free,... More »

Simpson, Bowles Back With Sequel to Deficit Plan

They want to slash another $2.4T, far exceeding Obama's goals

(Newser) - If you liked the first Simpson-Bowles plan, good news! Washington's favorite bipartisan hypothetical budget slashers have come up with a sequel of sorts, proposing $2.4 trillion in new (and probably politically impossible) deficit cuts over the next decade, Politico reports. How would they get there?
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Paul, Tea Party Slam 'Robin Hood'

Senator urges cuts in State of the Union response

(Newser) - Rand Paul called for more "Adam Smith" and less "Robin Hood" as he gave the Tea Party's response to President Obama's State of the Union. "Government is the problem," the Kentucky senator said, calling for drastic spending cuts. Sequestration's automatic cuts aren't... More »

Panetta: Curb Military Pay

Defense secretary also fears 'readiness crisis' ahead of sequestration

(Newser) - Leon Panetta is poised to recommend that military salaries increase just 1% in 2014, thanks to "budget uncertainties," insiders tell CNN . This year, military pay was increased 1.7%, and last year, President Obama took military pay cuts off the table—so Panetta's recommendation will be interpreted... More »

Obama Calls for Brief Sequester Dodge

Will seek budget cuts in address this afternoon

(Newser) - President Obama wants to put off the dreaded sequester just a little while longer. In an address this afternoon, Obama called for a handful of small budget cuts to justify pushing the automatic spending cuts back again, this time until after Congress has crafted a new federal budget, the Washington ... More »

What Sequester Is, and Why It Is Stupid

Matthew Yglesias breaks down the looming spending cuts

(Newser) - Hey, politics watchers: Are you ready for another utterly avoidable budget crisis with the potential to arbitrarily wreck the economy? Well, good news! The "sequester"—a trillion dollars in spending cuts that no one actually wants—is barreling towards us, and apparently no one intends to stop it... More »

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