December 12, 2013 | NPR · The House heads toward a vote on the House-Senate budget compromise as Speaker John Boehner urges passage of the "fine work" by budget chairman Paul Ryan. Boehner has uncharacteristically criticized conservative groups who oppose the deal "before they've even seen it," prompting reporters to ask if this is a turning point.
December 12, 2013 | NPR · Democrats and Republicans both have problems with the package, but passage is expected in the House on Thursday. The Senate is likely to do the same next week. Rep. Paul Ryan says the deal brings "some semblance of bipartisanship."
December 12, 2013 | NPR · Alan Cheuse reviews a short story collection by Russell Banks called A Permanent Member of the Family. The stories feature ordinary Americans caught in one dilemma or another.