A conference committee on the payroll tax cut meets Wednesday to try to resolve differences between House and Senate bills. It's the old-fashioned way of coming to agreement, used for barely half the bills in the last Congress.
The Stephen Colbert super PAC, 'Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow,' has reported raising more than $1 million, quite a lot for satire, and shelling out more than $150,000.
The CBO is forecasting a $1.1 trillion deficit in 2012, followed by several years of a much lower amount. But CBO officials know that's a fantasy, so it has prepared a more pessimistic outlook.
The candidates head into a very different month of election contests after Tuesday's Florida primary. Newt Gingrich is already playing down his chances.