It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. Voices are in bold, connections are in italics.
This remix may expire at midnight tonight. Negotiations are coming down to he wire over the 2011 budget, and it seems like questions of debt and spending are being tied in with moral issues, as Indiana Congressman Mike Pence made very clear. Title X, which provides funding for Planned Parenthood, is the only sticking point according to Senator Charles Schumer, but John Boehner continues to argue that it's fiscal responsibility at stake. President Obama continues to try and cast himself as the reasonable arbiter. We shall see where this all leads, especially since this round only lasts for six months. Speaking of only lasting for six months -- actually, more like four -- Mayor Bloomberg said goodbye to Schools Chancellor Cathie Black, a move that many New York City parents supported. Dennis Walcott is in many ways the anti-Black, having grown up, taught, and sent his kids to NYC public schools. While media attention over the last two days has been on events along the I-95 corridor (what's new?), the UN and the US, under Hillary Clinton's leadership, continue to walk a tricky line when it comes to defending Libyan citizens but not supporting Libyan rebels. Staying abreast of news in Libya is complicated enough, and one story slipping through the cracks is the humanitarian crisis in Ivory Coast as a result of failed elections and an outbreak of civil violence. If there's a US government next week, this may be an issue that it will be forced to grapple with.