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We're awaiting the official word, but it appears that the shutdown of the federal government has been averted, and the war on pap smears is over ...
Budget negotiators are working on a proposal to keep the federal government open for another week while Democratic and Republican leaders put together a broader deal, a senior Republican close to the talks told CNN Friday night.
Disputes over controversial topics like abortion -- an apparent sticking point in the talks -- have been "essentially resolved," the source said.
It's being reported that $38.5 billion in spending cuts were agreed upon.
And while 800,000 federal employees across the country, the men and women of the U.S. military and their families are undoubtedly breathing a sigh of relief tonight, we don't know precisely where those billions in cuts will hit. But we do know what Republicans have targeted–programs like Head Start, WIC, and community health care centers ... an anti-woman, anti-child, anti-poor agenda, that, oh by the way, will cause a loss of 120,000 - 450,000 jobs.
But huzzah! A bipartisan agreement has been reached. Somewhere David Broder is smiling approvingly. The people who will suffer the effects of what are sure to be draconian cuts to social safety nets? They can pound sand.
Update: And it's official. John Boehner just made the announcement but gave no details.
Update: Some eye-roll inducing details: