Bipartisan congressional negotiators have unveiled a long-awaited budget framework to fund the government past mid-January and stabilize the government's finances into the near future. But does it have enough support to pass?
Host Ben Kieffer asks our analysts, Bruce Nesmith of Coe College and Tim Hagle of the University of Iowa, what they think of it. Also, the world salutes the passing of Nelson Mandela, and takes note of a handshake between President Obama and the Cuban President.
Before all that though, Ben talks with NPR Political Correspondent Don Gonyea who will be visiting Iowa next week. Ben gets Gonyea's view on the latest in politics and asks him to give a peak behind the scenes at his work in Washington.