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Rep. Paul Ryan says he was frustrated with conservative groups that protested the bipartisan budget deal he helped engineer.  (credit: Rod Lamkey/Getty Images)

Rep. Ryan: I Was ‘Caught Off Guard’ On Budget Deal Criticism From Conservatives

The co-architect of a new budget deal in Congress concedes the political accommodation is modest, but says it moves a fiscally challenged government “in the right direction.”

12/12/2013

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10:  Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) hold a press conference to announce a bipartisan budget deal, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, at the U.S. Capitol on December 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. The $85 billion agreement would set new spending levels for the next two years and create $63 billion in so-called 'sequester relief.'  (Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

Congressional Budget Leaders Announce Deal To Keep Gov’t Out of “Crisis-to-Crisis” Mode

Budget leaders in Congress have announced a deal that they say will keep the government from operating in “crisis-to-crisis” mode for the foreseeable future.

12/10/2013

The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said she's concerned about the idea that data collected from a National Security Agency program that harvests Americans' phone records might be stored by others.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Senate Dems Reject House GOP Limits, Push Billions In Additional Domestic Spending

Democrats controlling the Senate are pushing to spending billions of dollars more than their House GOP rivals on transportation and housing programs despite tough budget limits that promise to roll the increases back.

06/25/2013