Lawmakers from the White House to Capitol Hill to the Western Plains agree that the fast-approaching, $85 billion in cuts to the federal budget jeopardize everything from combat readiness to pre-K programs. But they also express little optimism about a deal to avert the reductions before they kick in Friday.
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has earned a few nicknames in the brief seven weeks he's been in the Congress ? including the unflattering "Senator No." But nobody can say the freshman senator has broken his campaign promise to shakeup Washington upon arrival.
As Secretary of State John Kerry winged his way across the Atlantic on the first leg of his first overseas trip as America's top diplomat, his aides were scrambling on several continents to salvage one of the trip's most critical and eagerly-awaited sessions.