WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Little Progress On Federal Budget Talks

Play associated audio

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are now debating how to divert steep budget cuts that would hit this region particularly hard. 

Remember the super committee — the board appointed to negotiate budget cuts as part of the debt ceiling deal reached last year? Its failure to find trillions of dollars of savings within the federal budget has set in motion a process called sequestration that will indiscriminately chop hundreds of billions of dollars from the federal budget. 

Analysts predict those cuts would fall particularly hard on the economy in the D.C. region because there are so many contractors and federal employees in the area. Lawmakers are also preparing to extend tax cuts, possibly just for those making less than $250,000 a year. 

But the way Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) sees it, extending the tax cuts when the country has to cut significantly from the budget is a bad idea. Instead, he'd like to see lawmakers combine the tax talks with the sequestration conversation.


High Glamour Infuses A Forbidden Love Affair In 'Carol'

Todd Haynes' new film chronicles a lesbian affair between a middle-aged married woman and a young store clerk. Critic David Edelstein says Carol captures the thrill of a once-forbidden subculture.

Some Ancient Farmers Grew Fava Beans Before They Grew Grains

The fava bean is a key staple in much of the world. Researchers say they've found fava beans in the Galilee region of Israel dating over 10,000 years ago — before grains had been domesticated there.

Caught Between A Turkey Leg And A Political Diatribe? We're Here To Help

Nobody wants a side of politics on his or her Thanksgiving table, but it's probably going to happen. Here's some advice to get you through — you may need to buy a duck quacker, though.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.