Rep. Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, joins with other members of the committee as he presents his budget plan during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on March 12, 2013.
March 12th, 2013
04:31 PM ET
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- President Obama today made the first of his three planned visits this week to Capitol Hill to talk budget, among other issues, with lawmakers. It came as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled his plan on a proposed budget for fiscal year 2014. CNN Radio Capitol Hill correspondents Lisa Desjardins says Republicans' claim they can balance the budget in 10 years uses new tax money from the rich as a foundation for future budget debates:
"Ryan is using that money – that new tax money – he's trying to redefine the budget debate here. He's trying to say that a balanced budget should be the goal."
- Tensions are on the rise in the Korean Peninsula. This week North Korea nullified its armistice treaty with the South and threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike. But despite this antagonistic language, the United Nations says now is the time to resume diplomatic efforts with the North. Scott Snyder writes about happenings on the Korean Peninsula for the Council on Foreign Relations:
"The main question of debate among North Korea watchers is whether or not North Korea places improvement of relations with the United States as a central objective of its foreign policy."
- Michigan is one of the few states in the country that forbids gay adoption. Two individuals are not allowed to adopt children together unless they are married. A 2004 state constitutional amendment defines marriage as a union between a man and woman. But two gay moms are suing Michigan for the right to legally adopt the children they've been raising as a couple. Ingham County family judge Richard Garcia:
"What this really is, was a what we would call a fiction under the law. There was an attempt to create law where none exists."
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