Furman: White House to Give Congress Wide Berth on Budget

Also the same: the rolled-up blanket where Lee Harvey Oswald had stored his rifle among the stacked boxes in the garage. The home that once belonged to Ruth Paine, the woman who befriended Oswald’s wife and let her live there with her two young daughters, has been restored and will open Wednesday as a museum. It will be the first time the public’s had a look inside and comes as the nation marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in downtown Dallas. “The whole story is now kind of larger than life,” said Kevin Kendro, archives coordinator for the city of Irving, which runs the Ruth Paine House Museum. “It started here in a little house where average stuff was going on.” The night before Kennedy’s assassination, Oswald made a surprise visit, as he usually saw his family on weekends. When he left the morning of the 22nd, investigators say, he was carrying a brown paper package that held the disassembled rifle. That day, Marina Oswald and Paine did laundry and cared for their young children like normal while watching coverage of the presidential visit. But a few hours after the assassination, Kendro said, “the police were knocking on their door and their lives were changed forever after that.” Paine, 81, now lives in California.

Mr. Furman repeatedly declined to say that the White House would demand tax increases as part of any deal, saying only that this was the Obama administrations preference. He said it was up to Democrats and Republicans in Congress to try and reach an agreement. He was referring to a 29-member budget conference committee, which met last week and will continue to meet through mid-December. The group is tasked with sorting through differences in House and Senate budget resolutions that passed earlier this year. The House Republican budget would reduce the deficit by cutting spending. The Senate Democrats budget would reduce the deficit by raising taxes and cutting spending. Lawmakers are trying to find common ground that would set budget levels for the rest of the fiscal year, which runs through Sept. 30, 2014. If they reach an agreement, it will be much easier for Congress to avoid another shutdown in mid-January. The sequester began in March and will cut spending by close to $1 trillion in total through 2021. Defense spending stands to take the biggest cut in the next year. The White House and Republicans have said they want to replace these cuts with other budget changes, but they are split on how to proceed. The White House, through Mr. Furman, has signaled that it will let Congress do their work. But Mr.

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They are the only team from Chicago to win a championship during his tenure. “To the Bulls, Bears, Cubs, White Sox, I am term-limited, so you guys got to get moving,” said Obama, who was given a No. 13 Blackhawks jersey with his name on the back. “I need to see you here soon. Championships belong in Chicago.” BLACKHAWKS’ STANLEY CUP CELEBRATIONS Nov. 4: President Obama greets the Chicago Blackhawks at the White House in the final celebration by the team after winning the Stanley Cup in June 2013. Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Chicago Blackhawks players Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp enter the East Room before the ceremony. Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports President Obama passes the Stanley Cup on his way into the East Room. Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quennville shakes hands with the president. Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews holds the jersey that will be presented to the president. Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Presidet Obama jokes with Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz. Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports President Obama holds up his jersey while Patrick Kane poses with the Stanley Cup. Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Before the presidential visit, the Chicago Blackhawks brought the Stanley Cup to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. chicagoblackhawks.com Team captain Jonathan Toews presents a specialized Blackhawks jersey. chicagoblackhawks.com Chicago Blackhawks players pose for photos with soldiers. chicagoblackhawks.com Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith signs a jersey. chicagoblackhawks.com Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford poses with Cpl. Patrick Brown. chicagoblackhawks.com Oct. 1: Members of the Chicago Blackhawks skate with the 2013 championship banner on opening night. Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports A sign on the ice reads: “Let’s raise the banner.” Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports Chicago Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp (10) stands with teammates as the 2013 Stanley Cup championship banner is raised to the rafters. Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports The 2013 banner is in place next to the one from the 2010 season. Dennis Wierzbicki. USA TODAY Sports Sept. 6: Blackhawks president/CEO John McDonough brought the Stanley Cup to his alma mater, Saint Mary’s University, in Winona, Minn. Andrew Link, AP Winona State student Melissa Hurley kisses the Stanley Cup during the trophy’s visit to Saint Mary’s University. Andrew Link, AP Saint Mary’s University women’s hockey coach Terry Mannor directs Gavin, 4, and Alex Charles of Alma, Wis., near the Stanley Cup. Andrew Link, AP Aug. 8: Michal Handzus shows off the Stanley Cup after arriving in his hometown of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. Samuel Kubani, AFP/Getty Images Switching to his Blackhawks jersey, Michal Handzus took the Stanley Cup by car through the city streets. Samuel Kubani, AFP/Getty Images Michal Handzus lifts the Stanley Cup after arriving in the main square of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia.