Bipartisan Budget Deal Clears Congress

By David Espo, Special Correspondent, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress has sent President Barack Obama legislation scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock. Obama’s signature was assured on the measure, which lawmakers in both parties and at opposite ends of the Capitol said they hoped would curb budget …