Ruy Teixeirais a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund
From the Ryan plan, to the Obama plan, to the Gang of Six (now five), deficit mania has officially taken over Washington. Both Republicans and Democrats, while they have different preferred approaches, are single-mindedly focused on cutting budget deficits and relieving the long-term debt situation of the country. Yet unemployment remains at 9 percent and the modest economic recovery that's underway has shown signs of sputtering. What explains this dramatic disjuncture?
The surgery Wednesday to put a patch on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' skull went as planned and the Arizona Democrat is "recovering well," according to officials at the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. That's the Houston hospital where she is getting rehabilitation treatment for the gunshot wound she suffered during a Jan.
The day's major story looks to be President Obama's late-morning address about the United States' relationship with the Muslim World.
As Alan Greenblatt writes for NPR.org, the president "will attempt partially to close the gap between U.S. ideals about democracy and its strategic interests in the Middle East and North Africa. It won't be easy."
Students in Missouri are in trouble for a senior prank. They improvised a swimming pool in Troy Buchanan High School. But they left the water running until it overflowed, doing major damage. Artist Christo wants to hang silver sheets over a 40-mile stretch of river in Colorado.