Each Sept. 30, the nation wraps up its old budget, and on Oct. 1, it starts a fresh spending cycle. But once again, the country has no formal budget in place. Uncertainty over the budget not only stresses federal workers but it also hurts the already weak economy, analysts say.
Voters will choose the state's next governor in a special election Tuesday. On the ballot are the man who has been acting governor, Democratic state Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, and GOP businessman Bill Maloney. But Republicans are trying to make the race a referendum on someone else: President Obama.
The annual budget fight has become especially muddled this year. That's because Congress and the White House are actually engaged in three different, but related, budget debates that are going on simultaneously. Here is a look at the three budget battles.
While some Republicans are pushing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie into entering the presidential race, the state of Florida announced it intends to scoop the early-primary states by moving its GOP primary up to late January. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about those stories and others from the past week.
Many political watchers say the 2012 presidential campaign is shaping up to be the most expensive election cycle in American history. One reason: the growing influence of political action committees, independent groups that raise money largely from corporations, trade unions and the wealthy. Host Scott Simon talks with Bill Burton, co-founder of the Democratic Super PAC Priorities USA, about his group's fundraising efforts for the 2012 presidential election.
The books closed at midnight on another reporting period for the Federal Election Commission, as candidates and political action committees continue to fill their coffers for the 2012 election. Host Scott Simon talks with Tony Corrado, professor of government at Colby College, about campaign fundraising for the 2012 presidential race.
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