WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislative leaders are calling the modest budget deal a bipartisan breakthrough even as they agree it does little.
But several Washington insiders warn against assuming that it will be followed by progress on other issues such as immigration.
Here's what Republican Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas says: "I don't think that's what this was about."
House approval of the budget deal marked a rare cease-fire between Democrats and Republicans. But the main purpose was to prevent a repeat of last fall's government shutdown.
Some activists say there's no obvious follow-up to what the White House calls a "good first step."
Some Republicans say the budget deal will just make it easier for them to focus criticism on their favorite target — President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard wants to allow barges filled with fracking wastewater to ply the nation's rivers on their way toward disposal. Many environmentalists are horrified, but industry groups say barge transport has its advantages.
Critics of the plan say that if there was an accident, it could threaten the drinking water supply of millions of people. They also cite the uncertainty around what's in that toxic mix.
The Coast Guard is proposing to address that by requiring chemical testing of each barge load before shipment.
The wastewater now is usually disposed of by truck or rail. A government report notes that poses more risk for accidents than shipping by barge.
The industry says far greater amounts of toxic chemicals are already being moved by barge, including oil drilling waste.
ATLANTA (AP) — For the Braves, abandoning downtown Atlanta for the suburbs means moving closer to the team's fan base and developing money-making restaurants and amenities.
Team officials say it's simply good business.
Their decision also highlights long-standing disparities over wealth, where people live and transportation. Those facets of life are connected to race and social class in Atlanta. The Braves will be moving from an area that's predominantly black and relatively poor compared to whiter Cobb County — where the team says more ticket-buyers live.
Although it is long past segregation, the hometown of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King is far from integrated, and the city's politics, business and even sports teams reflect that gap. The Braves said they made their decision was not driven by race or class.