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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.
- Lawmakers in Washington may have finally found a way to unwittingly cut federal spending. The blind cuts, known as sequestration, were really only meant to be a threat to force Congress into budget negotiations. But that hasn't really happened, with now two days to go before the deadline. On Friday, President Obama will meet with Republican leaders at the White House. But there's pessimism on whether anything will get done. Republican governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, says it's hard to believe:
"Something is wrong, my kids could go and find $83 billion out of a $ 4 trillion budget. This is not rocket science, what this is, is an inability to want to get to work. No one should be going home, no one should be playing golf, no one should be taking vacations."
- Today the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether a key voting rights enforcement provision should be scrapped. It's the latest challenge to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, brought in a case from Shelby County, Alabama. CNN Supreme Court producer Bill Mears was inside the courtroom as arguments were presented. He explains what's at the heart of this case:
“The idea was that the Justice Department could oversee to make sure there was no discrimination. And Congress renewed that law just a few years ago back in 2006, and that prompted a challenge from a county in Alabama...and they say these changes are unfair."
- You see them everywhere in New York City – the blue and yellow umbrellas that sit atop stainless steel carts. They represent the hot dog vendors on nearly every street corner of the Big Apple. For the customer, buying a hot dog on these corners is a uniquely New York experience, as vendor Gus Argy explains:
" They're considered dirty water dogs because they're probably all day in the water – boiling, steaming. It's a New York thing nobody else knows it. If you say a dirty water dog somewhere else in another state, you'll probably get smacked with the hot dog."
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