The Madeleine Brand Show for April 5, 2011

Government shutdown looms as budget talks stall

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Flanked by other congressionial members, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (C), chairman of the House Budget Committee, holds up a copy of the 2012 Republican budget proposal during a news conference April 5, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. House Republicans have unveiled their version of the budget proposal for FY 2012 which would cut government spending $6.2 tillion more in 10 years than the version by the Obama Administration.

The dueling budget fights in Congress could be compared to the deadly "crossing the streams" in "Ghostbusters": the fight over the 2011 budget is one stream, the controversial budget for next year is another. Both these streams are creating lots of sparks in Washington this week and if they touch - it could spell disaster. The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin joins us to talk about how serious the situation is.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for the Washington Post.

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