Rep. Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, has proposed cutting $6.2 trillion in government spending over the next decade as a start to dealing with the national debt. The plan relies on repealing the year-old health care law and deep cuts in Medicaid. (AP Photo)
Amended guidelines that ban smoking in more indoor public venues in China went into effect Sunday, but the changes were not expected to have a dramatic impact. Nearly 30 percent of adults in China smoke.
Displaced Cambodian villagers wait for assistance from government at a shelter in Oddar Meanchey province. A border clash between Cambodia and Thailand marks an escalation of a dispute over a holy site claimed by both. (Associated Press)
"Three Cups of Tea" co-author Greg Mortenson in 2009 shows the locations of future village schools to U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the opening of Pushghar Village Girls School in Afghanistan. (Defense Department via Associated Press)
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty speaks at a tea party rally Saturday at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. "I think one of our basic messages is, the government's too damn big," the Republican presidential hopeful said.
U.S. specialty food sales sizzled last year in what industry experts believe is a sign consumers are more confident. The specialty food and drink business increased 7.7 percent, representing more than $70 billion in sales. The category encompasses non-brand-name food and drink items, from cheeses, breads and yogurt to salsa, relishes and coffee. (Associated Press)
"If I run and win, our country will be respected again and China, OPEC, and all of the many nations ripping off this great country of ours will be dealt with very, very differently," billionaire developer Donald Trump told the crowd at a Florida tea party gathering on Saturday. (Associated Press)