June 26th, 2012
07:29 PM ET

Congress playing Jenga with America's economic future

OutFront tonight: Capitol Hill's dangerous game of Jenga.

Let us explain.  Bloomberg reported today that Congress might try and delay the automatic spending cuts set to kick in next year. Not resolve, not compromise – delay.

In other words, Congress is trying to get out from under its own deadline of January 1st. That's when our leaders in Washington either have to find ways to cut the deficit by $1.2 trillion or face automatic across-the-board spending cuts equal to that amount.

Those automatic cuts are designed to hit in the worst places – places that you wouldn't make quick cuts to solve the spending problem. Poorly designed, unpalatable to both parties on purpose. Bipartisan reports say the cuts could cost over a million jobs.

But instead of that forcing Congress to find better, smarter cuts, it appears that they're only motivated to keep putting off the hard choices.

Republican sources confirmed to OutFront that these talks are indeed going on.

The problem is, they don't add up to a solution! All it does is delay making the cuts this country needs. And if Congress delays them, that it only makes dealing with taxes and finding a path to a solid economic recovery that much more complicated.

Dealing with these issues piecemeal is a lot like taking pieces out of a Jenga puzzle. It's all connected, and one bad move could destroy it all.

The truth is, our country is already on shaky ground. If you delay action on the automatic cuts, saving the hard work for another day, our entire country could come tumbling down.

Filed under: Deconstruct • Economy • Politics
June 26th, 2012
02:03 PM ET

E-Block: OutFront Honors Lonesome George

On this show we try to recognize individuals and ideas that are one-of-a-kind. The subject of tonight's OutFront Honors, while an unusual choice, is definitely that.

Lonesome George, a 100-year-old tortoise living in Ecuador's Galapagos National Park died yesterday. His death was doubly sad because, in addition to it being the end of his life, it is also the end of his species.

That's right, often called "the rarest animal in the world," Lonesome George was believed to be the last of the Pinta Island tortoises. Biologists and conservationists tried over and over to save the species after it was decimated by over-hunting and the introduction of other animals to its natural habitat. Ultimately, they failed.

But it is really the end of the line for the Pinta Island tortoises?

Filed under: E-Block
June 26th, 2012
01:41 PM ET

SCOTUS ruling on Arizona immigration law leaves more questions than answers

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a mixed ruling on the controversial Arizona immigration law that led to both sides quickly claiming victory over the other. CNN senior legal analyst Jeffery Toobin, who was in the Court for the ruling today, and John Avlon discuss.

Filed under: Crime • Immigration • Law
June 26th, 2012
01:40 PM ET

Facebook: You've got a new email address

Facebook really wants you to use its email function.

So much so, in fact, that the company switched the default email address that appears in every single user's profile to @facebook.com.

Most people don't even remember that Facebook created its own email program two years ago in a bid to keep users on the site for longer. But the company thinks its high time you check it out, apparently.

Why the sudden change? Two words: stock price. Erin Burnett breaks it down in tonight's Number.

Filed under: Tech • The Number
June 26th, 2012
01:39 PM ET

President Obama silent on skyrocketing Chicago violence

Even as the surging violence in Chicago makes headlines around the country, it has so far failed to garner the attention of one of its most notable former residents.

President Barack Obama returned to his adopted hometown two weekends ago to attend the wedding of the daughter of his senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.  While he was there, at least six people were killed - and the president didn't say a word.

A loyal voter spoke up, writing to the president in the Chicago Sun-Times to ask for his help, saying:

"I am personally asking you to care enough to come back to Chicago and speak out. Who knows, coming straight from the president's mouth may just deter potential criminal activity or touch the soul of a person contemplating killing someone!"

Roland Martin has been following the situation in Chicago and is OutFront tonight to weigh in on whether the president should get more involved.

Filed under: Crime • Opinion
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