This Week's Agenda: Kim Jong-il Dies, Congressional Showdown

Monday, December 19, 2011

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) hold a news conference after a meeting at the Republican National Committee offices July 26, 2011. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Speaker of the House John Boehner. (Win McNamee/Getty Images/Getty)

The death of Kim Jong-il and the future of both North and South Korea will dominate the headlines this week. Also, Republicans and Democrats are about to have another showdown over a deal to extend payroll tax cutsCharlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, and Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich discuss the major stories for the week ahead.

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With the news out of North Korea, suddenly the calls to massively cut the military budget seem a bit misguided.

Next month Sen.Reid's Senate will have gone 1000 days without passing a budget and we are told the current Speaker is a problem? The last Speaker last year did not submit a budget either.
The current House passed a budget and offered long term budget plans which were rejected by the Senate with a promised Presidential veto. Are those examples of "not wanting to get anything done"?

Dec. 19 2011 09:58 AM

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