Budget Committee Chairs Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) dismissed critics of the budget compromise reached last week, saying that the deal is step in the right direction in bitterly divided Congress.
Ryan said House Speaker John Boehner "just got his Irish up" when he lashed out last week at conservative groups who criticized the agreement for not going far enough in spending cuts. Paul said the groups are important for conservatives and he would prefer to keep the disagreements "within the family."
Gen. Michael Hayden, former head of the NSA and CIA, said the U.S. government has not abused its power by utilizing wideranging surveillance programs and that Edward Snowden should be not be offered a deal because it could motivate future leakers.
In this week's Press Pass, Journalist Ari Shavit shares his interpretation of the story of Israel – its triumphs, downfalls, and its current state – in his new book, "My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel."
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It wasn’t mega, but he’s a millionaire just the same. The owner of a gift shop in California — he bought the place only four months ago — gets roughly $1 million for selling one of two known winning tickets in the $636 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot.