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Congress: Back on the shelf

“The most powerful prescriptions of a tough House GOP budget plan, like a dramatic restructuring of Medicare and big cuts to domestic programs such as Medicaid, food stamps and transportation appear destined to go back on the shelf almost as soon as the measure is passed this week,” the AP writes. “Instead, lawmakers will advance more pedestrian, politically safe goals: passing a routine round of annual spending bills as well as a special budget bill that would block automatic spending cuts to the Pentagon and domestic agencies from taking effect in January.”

Conservatives have a budget of their own.

“Congressman Charles Rangel and his campaign have agreed to pay $23,000 stemming from his use of a rent-stabilized apartment in New York City as a campaign office,” AP writes.

The parents of Trayvon Martin are in DC today for a forum hosted by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) on racial profiling and Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.