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    Earlier this week I sat down with President Obama for an interview where he expressed pessimism about the outlook for grand bargain on the budget. Lots of you had questions about my interview and what it says about the possibility of Democrats and Republicans coming together to solve our budget problems.

    Karen Isenberg asked: Where is the president’s budget? First time in 92 years that the president has not issued a budget before congress.

    Lora Blankenship wrote in on Facebook: I'm 55 years old and concerned about the possibility of the Medicare age being raised. I'd like to know what the President's position is on this issue. I've read that he isn't going to "give" on Social Security or Medicare, then other sources report that he's open for compromise. People at my income level can't afford too much compromise!

    Carolyn Cabana Stevens wondered: How about withholding paychecks for all of congress and the white house until they agree on a budget. Then we will see how fast

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    When George Stephanopoulos asked President Obama if he could imagine a compelling reason for a state to outlaw gay marriage, the answer was pretty clear.

    “So -- well, I can't, personally. I cannot,” President Obama said Tuesday at the White House. That’s an apparent shift on an issue that has tectonic movement in the U.S. over the past year and is set to be before the U.S. Supreme Court later this month.

    The President praised what he called “a healthy debate taking place state by state” and added that “not every state has the exact same attitudes and cultural mores.”

    “And I-- you know, my thinking was that this is traditionally a state issue and-- that it will work itself out,” he said.

    But, then he added this:

    “On the other hand-- what I also believe is that the core principle that people don't get discriminated against-- that's one of our core values. And it's in our constitution. It's in-- the-- you know, 14th Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause. And-- from a

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  • Lanny Davis’s advice to Sen. Menendez: Tell everything you know about ongoing scandal

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    Crisis management expert Lanny Davis, famous for advising former President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, has some advice for public figures who find themselves wrapped up in a scandal: "Tell it all, tell it yourself, tell it quickly."

    Davis, whose new book "Crisis Tales: Five Rules for Coping With Crisis in Business, Politics, and Life" hits bookshelves today, says one of the biggest mistakes that people and corporations make in dealing with public relations crises is to try and hide ugly truths.

    "While the instinct is hide the bad facts, what I'm advising is, the worse the facts are, the earlier you should put them out yourself, get them out, and then address them yourself," says Davis, who points to the ongoing scandal facing Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) as a present case study for the need to come out with the whole truth early.

    "He needs to tell everything that he knows now," says Davis. "I think waiting for the dribble, dribble, dribble to occur, which

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