As budget officials wrestle with the sequester, the next cliff is already looming, just weeks away.
On their first full day back from a leisurely recess, Congress was in no hurry to beat the looming sequestration deadline.
President Barack Obama is arguing that looming government-wide spending cuts could idle military resources like naval aircraft carriers.
The bickering over the provenance of the sequester belies the fact that very few people in Washington truly know how it will unfold.
Will the Democrats or G.O.P. win the sequester showdown? Here’s a scorecard for watching the machinations over the coming month.