The shutdown edition of the podcast. As we've said, the two sides will, as usual, strike an eleventh-hour deal. Or wait! No, no, this time is different (as we've said all along). Also: Rep. Paul Ryan proposes big changes to Medicare and Medicaid. And President Obama announces his reelection bid.
Republicans and President Obama's Democrats heaped blame on each other as a government shutdown appeared ever more likely at midnight Friday, with negotiators deadlocked over billions of dollars in spending cuts, including dramatic reductions to social programs. Obama called on congressional leaders to give him an answer Friday morning.
Michele Norris talks with reporter Beth Fertig of member station WNYC about Thursday's surprise announcement that Cathie Black is stepping down as chancellor of the New York City schools. Black's appointment three months ago stunned many because she had no background in education, and her brief tenure was marked by missteps and low public approval ratings.
Some people actually want the government to grind to a halt Friday night. A few hundred Tea Party activists gathered at the Capitol Wednesday, chanting slogans like "shut it down." Most lawmakers, however, are not so enthusiastic. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find more than a couple members of the House and Senate who say they want a government shutdown. NPR's Andrea Seabrook talks with Melissa Block.
The anti-Mubarak protestors' victory in Egypt captured the imaginations of millions of Americans. But Egypt's leadership remains in flux — and the political future of one of America's strongest allies in the Middle East may have important implications for the United States.