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Video: Washington Post economic columnist Neil Irwin tells you everything you need to know about the new budget deal - in two minutes.
Head Start Program Family Advocate Patty Chism sits for a portrait on the playground at the Dar-Nek Family Development Center on Dec. 5 in Owensboro, Ky.
Jim Comey in the White House Rose Garden as President Obama nominates him for the top FBI post on June 21. But the FBI Agents Association , hoping to avert further cutbacks next year, is throwing its clout behind the bipartisan spending plan unveiled on Tuesday by GOP Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray .
Leaders aren't necessarily those we find in the highest office, or those who campaign for it, or those we see on television the most.
A prospective job seeker gets information at a job resource fair for military veterans in Van Nuys, Calif., on Oct. 24. Democrats were scrambling late Wednesday to include an extension of benefits in a budget deal that is expected to get a vote as soon as Thursday.
The trouble with making "functional" government the great aspiration of the American experiment -- as so many pundits and politicians now do -- is that a smoothly operating Congress is not necessarily moral, humane or even economically smart.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., walk together as they head a news conference to announce a tentative agreement between Republican and Democratic negotiators on a government spending plan, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
Republican Ryan and Democrat Murray reach a deal for Obama to raise and keep trillion dollar deficits the cornerstone of Democrat policies.
On Morning Joe Wednesday morning, former George W Bush communications director Nicolle Wallace debated Senator Tom Coburn argued over last night's budget deal between Representative Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray .
Talk show host Mark Levin told House Budget Committee Chair Rep. Paul Ryan that the budget deal announced today with Sen. Patti Murray was a "Mickey Mouse" deal, tinkering at the margins of the federal budget, undoing the sequester and exchanging immediate spending increases for future spending cuts.
If Rep. Paul Ryan has any interest in entering the 2016 presidential field, the bipartisan budget proposal he put forward Tuesday could give him a leg up in the race, said Sen. Lindsey Graham .
Budget negotiators announced Tuesday a bipartisan deal to set spending levels for the federal government for two years and partially replace unpopular spending cuts with other savings.
This Oct. 17, 2013 file photo shows House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray, D-Wash., on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Congress is looking to restore some spending to defense and federal agencies ordered cut two years ago, but it needs other ways to offset that.
If we are going to get a deal to replace the sequester, which looks likely, perhaps one key reason may be as follows: This time, the incentives favor Republicans showing they can enter into the basic give and take of governing.
When it's Washington and we are talking budgets. The latest deadline about nothing comes up later this week as Rep. PauL Ryan and Patty Murray try to hash out a small-bore deal to replace some of the sequester spending.