WBEZ | David Drucker http://www.wbez.org/tags/david-drucker Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Evaluating the 'super committee's' super-big breakdown http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-22/evaluating-super-committees-super-big-breakdown-94277 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-22/Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), co-chair of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, walks through the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, November 15, 2011.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Congress's super committee came up short of its goal to reduce the deficit over the next decade. Well, really short--$1.2 trillion short. Illinois Senator and Majority Whip Dick Durbin was not at the table for the latest go-round but he was no less disappointed in the results.</p><p>“It’s happened too many times over and over again; threats of shutting down the government threats of even shutting down the economy over the course of this year. So this is further disappointment and it won’t help the image of Congress” Durbin said.</p><p>And so came the trigger cuts. The idea was that the automatic cuts would be so unpopular that they would create an incentive for compromise.</p><p>To learn more about the fallout from the failure and the burgeoning ideological divide in Washington, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to David Drucker, staff writer for <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/" target="_blank">Roll Call</a> in D.C.</p><p><em>Music Button: Ursula 1000, "Very Leggy", from the album The Now Sound of Ursula 1000 (ESL)</em></p></p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 16:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-22/evaluating-super-committees-super-big-breakdown-94277 Government shutdown looms as budget talks continue http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-08/government-shutdown-looms-budget-talks-continue-84912 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-08/Boehner Reid Getty Brendan Smialowski.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The IRS suspends the approval of paper tax returns. National Parks and museums will closed. A flood of financial problems for already struggling states. All this, and more, could become reality if lawmakers on Capitol Hill can’t strike a deal before the day’s end.<br> <br> Thursday's meeting between the President Obama, Senator Reid and Speaker Boehner apparently brought them close, but still no federal budget cigar. To find out more <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/reporters/12.html?zkMobileView=true" target="_blank">David Drucker</a>, a political reporter with <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/mobile/" target="_blank">Roll Call</a> in Washington D.C. He keeps an eye on Illinois senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin while covering the U.S. Senate.</p></p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 13:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-08/government-shutdown-looms-budget-talks-continue-84912