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Boehner digs in on spending cuts, saying $33B is ‘not enough’

The Republican response to the various Democratic claims that a budget deal is imminent: There is no deal, and $33 billion in cuts is “not enough.”

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • Kelly Starks

    >> “We’re continuing to talk, but the stuff that’s left is the stuff that Reid is telling [negotiators] they can’t budge on,” the GOP aide said. <<

    I don’t get what Reed was playing at by claiming they had a deal, then when Boehner said that was wrong, claiming the “extremist” tea party forced Boehner to back down? Obviously Boehner is not going to back him up – and after that would be even less willing to deal or trust Reed, and given the popularity of the tea party with the public, Reed isn’t going to win voter support? Also Reed’s demands to be in charge just seem like he wants his last 2 years heading the senate to be – interesting.

  • Kelly Starks

    Follow up. Seems Reed thought if he said Boehner had agreed to a deal but was backing out, Boehner would agree to anything to not look like he was the obstructionist.

    Didn’t work out that way.

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