Congress could be steering the country towards the first government shutdown since the Clinton administration. Host Michel Martin speaks with columnist Joe Davidson of The Washington Post and Sudeep Reddy, a reporter with The Wall Street Journal, about the budget battle and what a potential shutdown could mean.
The farm bill which Congress is bitterly divided over is set to expire at the end of this month. Included in it is the $5 billion a year subsidy called Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment Program. It shells out money to farmers and land owners regardless of need or loss.
President Obama spoke at a memorial service Sunday for the victims of last week's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. The president and first lady also met with families of the dead. Twelve people were killed in addition to the gunman, who died in a shootout with police.
The Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., is the scene for a memorial service Sunday, to honor the victims of the Navy Yard shootings. President Obama is at the event to deliver a speech that is expected to mourn the victims and call for preventing such tragic losses in the future.
Democrats in coal-producing states will likely use every chance they get to separate themselves from President Obama in voters' minds. The EPA's new power plant rules are just such an opportunity. After all, Obama is about as unpopular in those states as coal is popular.
At the beginning of his second term, President Obama invited Republicans to a series of fancy dinners, but he now seems to be giving up on his attempts to woo the GOP. Still, even if the White House had sustained its overtures, some question whether any amount of socializing could avert the latest budget crisis.
More than a year after four Americans were killed during an attack on a diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, House Republicans continue to hold hearings dedicated to pushing their view of the episode. This week, they touted the latest hearing on the matter, which they believe painted a portrait of scandal. Democrats also highlighted the hearing, believing the testimony of two key officials would help put the matter to rest.
Brooklyn emerged as the big winner in New York City's mayoral primary this week. Republican Joe Lhota and Democrat Bill de Blasio both live there. New York will have a mayor from Brooklyn for the first time since the 1970s, and many hope it will shift power away from Manhattan.
A measure from the Republican-controlled House to temporarily fund the government while crippling the Affordable Care Act now goes to the Senate. But that chamber, controlled by Democrats, won't follow suit. And the clock is ticking toward a possible government shutdown.
The special election to replace former Republican Rep. Jo Bonner serves as a useful barometer for gauging the ferocity of opposition to the Affordable Care Act among the party faithful. In one campaign ad, a GOP candidate throws a copy of the health care law into a trash can.