US President Barack Obama speaks to the media about sequestration in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington on March 1, 2013
March 1st, 2013
04:38 PM ET
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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.
- It's here – the sequester. President Obama dropped-by the White House briefing room to tell the country forced budget cuts are set to go into effect. A massive chunk of $85 billion will target everything from defense to education. The cuts will trigger furloughs and weaken government worker paychecks. A morning meeting at the White House between the President and House and Senate leaders bore no solution. Because of that, Congress is taking the bulk of blame. CNN Radio caught-up with Americans expressing their frustration:
"Is our government really doing the job it's supposed to be doing?"...."I think it's ridiculous that we pay these people to do the job right the first time."
- Voters in Kenya head to the polls on Monday for an election that will be far from 'run of the mill'. That's because five years ago the country devolved into bloodshed after a disputed election. More than 1,000 people lost their lives, while hundreds of thousands more fled their homes. There's much more at-stake than Kenyans simply voting for a new government. Anita Nderu is a local TV host. She for one is optimistic about the country's future:
“We're the next generation truth be told, and the last thing we want is to create situations where we will not get along in the future."
- In the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York this morning, a huge crowd turned-out for the re-opening of a major supermarket. It came four months after it was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. But for thousands of other businesses along the coast in New York and New Jersey, the comeback is not complete. And for still others, like restaurant owner Ben Schneider, there was little to no government help:
"We haven't received any money from the government – city, state or federal. All the money that we used to re-build and re-open, we raised from our customers."
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