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In December, President Obama and Congress agreed on a temporary funding measure to keep government programs running until March 4, even though the fiscal year runs through Sept. 30. Right now, the Republican-led House of Representatives is preparing its bill to pay for that March-September stretch, but if it can't come to an agreement before the clock hits midnight, the government will have to suspend operations - a shutdown.
During his first two years in office, President Obama was a powerhouse. He used his majorities in Congress to ram through legislation that ranged from financial regulation to health care reform. He arguably accomplished more in the 111th Congress than any chief executive that came before him.
President Obama ridiculed lingering opposition to his 10-month-old health care law Friday and vowed to oppose efforts to repeal it, underscoring his commitment to his signature legislative achievement despite the new reality of a divided Congress.
Whether it's "solar shingles" or smart grids, President Obama just can't imagine a world in which government isn't deciding how to spend your money. Despite Mr. Obama's best efforts Tuesday to dress up the classic tax-and-spend agenda as "investment" in the future, merely freezing the current budget maintains a course that only can end in fiscal ruin.
In the state where pagan natives once threw people off cliffs to placate the gods, the Hawaiian state Senate has voted to end the practice of opening its sessions with prayer.
Moments after President Obama concludes his State of the Union address from the imposing podium of the House of Representatives on Tuesday night, Rep. Paul D. Ryan will deliver the GOP's answering speech from the House Budget Committee's hearing room, across the street in one of the House office buildings.