Obama prevents budget cuts to favorite programs (AP) – 877th Edition

11 04 2011

President Obama smiles as he walks to meet students from Altona Middle School in Longmont, Colo., Monday, April 11, 2011, on the South Portico of the White House in Washington. Obama received a letter from a mother at the school worried that her son's trip would be canceled if there were to be a government shutdown. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)AP – A close look at the government shutdown-dodging agreement to cut federal spending by $38 billion reveals that lawmakers significantly eased the fiscal pain by pruning money left over from previous years, using accounting sleight of hand and going after programs President Barack Obama had targeted anyway.

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