House Republicans unveiled on Thursday a list of spending cuts they said would save $2.5 trillion over 10 years.
Most of the savings, $2.29 trillion, would come from holding spending at 2006 levels on the part of the federal budget that isn't entitlement or defense spending, according to the document released by Republican Policy Study Committee.
The so-called discretionary part of the budget represents just 16 percent of federal spending. Many experts have said it's impossible for the nation to cut its way to fiscal health by addressing just that part of the budget.
A surgical team in California today announced they had done something spectacular – they replaced the larynx of a 52-year-old woman who hadn't been able to speak or breathe on her own for more than a decade. Brenda Jensen's larynx had been severely damaged when, under heavy sedation during a previous hospital stay, she pulled out a ventilation tube.
Jensen, of Modesto, Calif., is believed to be only the second person in the world to get a larynx transplant.
Election officials in Haiti say Monday is the deadline to file complaints stemming from the disputed Nov. 28 presidential polls. This may pave the way for a runoff date and an announcement about candidates.
Complicating the political mix are Haiti's former rulers. Former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier returned this week. Now exiled ex-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide says he wants to come home.
The political crisis in Haiti is not only growing more complicated; some observers say it's growing more dangerous.
Chinese President Hu Jintao winds up his visit to the U.S. Thursday with a visit to Capitol Hill and a brief stop in Chicago, where he will meet with American and Chinese businessmen and tour a Confucius center.