U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, who's relatively conservative, is named to take the seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Caroline Kennedy, daughter of a president and niece of two senators, wants to join the family business.
Officials look for the least painful trims, but many worry about their ability to close achievement gaps.
Shortfalls are beginning to hit local government services across the country.
Healthcare cuts in California and New York could affect thousands.