LeBron James Named Male AP Player Of The Year – It appears that LeBron James can add another notch to his already brilliant NBA resume. The reigning NBA MVP was named the Associated Press’ Player Of The Year Thursday.
James received 31 out of 96 votes, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning received 20 and NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson received seven. Currently averaging 25.2 points, 6.5 assists and 6.9 rebounds, James joins Michael Jordan and Larry Bird as the third basketball player to win the award.
Obama Signs Bipartisan Budget Deal – After months of political gridlock and a two-week government shutdown, President Barack Obama signed a bi-partisan budget deal. The new budget agreement passed thru the Democrat-controlled Senate, 64-36, and the Republican-controlled Congress, 332-94.
With the deal being reached, spending for the fiscal year is set at $1.014 trillion, which represents an increase of up to $45 billion in one year and $63 billion over two years. The new budget also reduces across-the-board cuts and includes a projected $85 billion in savings.