In what could become the mother of all Big Bird battles, or Armageddon for the Aardvark, congressional supporters of public television labored into literally the eleventh hour Wednesday night to save the federal subsidy for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. But eliminating that subsidy, which supporters say is vital to maintaining programs of the Public Broadcasting System, remains part of legislation being pushed by House Republicans to cut no less than $61 billion from the federal budget for the current fiscal year, which began last October 1.

The biennial meeting of the Texas State Legislature always promises to be the best entertainment in town, and this year’s free-for-all is no exception. Republican State Representative Lois Kolkhorst from tiny Brenham, Texas filed a bill yesterday which, if passed, would give state law enforcement officers a new way to help enforce federal immigration laws. This slightly unusual proposal is not without some Texas-style humor.

It seems that Charles ("Charlie") Rangel (D-N.Y.) is seeking another two years in the House of Representatives. Although as yet he has made no formal announcement, he has filed a statement of candidacy for what would be his 22nd consecutive term.

A coalition of socialists, government-union members, and other protestors — some of whom were reportedly bussed in from out of state — wreaked havoc in Madison, Wisconsin, in recent days while demonstrating against proposed budget cuts and a bill that would prevent most government employees from collectively demanding ever-increasing salaries and benefits.

ObamaWith his latest budget proposal, President Barack Obama is trying to convince the American people that after years of spending taxpayers’ money like water and running up record debts, he has suddenly become a debt hawk. In a February 15 press conference he said that under his budget “we’re not going to be running up the credit card anymore.” Two days earlier, Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew told CNN’s Candy Crowley that “our budget will get us, over the next several years, to the point where ... we’re not adding to the debt anymore.”