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No Plan from Supercommittee, Wall Street Occupiers Meet with Tea Partiers, Changes to Catholic Liturgy, Turkey Tutorial: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm The supercommittee charged with arriving at a debt reduction plan will likely admit defeat today. Democrats accused Republicans of refusing a deal to have wealthy Americans pay more. Republicans criticized Democrats for insisting on tax increases for the wealthiest Americans. We’ll explore the rancor from both sides, and what the lack of a plan will mean for the rest of us.

1:11pm There was an unusual meeting last week in Memphis. A group of tea party activists met with Occupy Wall Street protestors. Yes, there were disagreements, but there was also common ground. We’ll talk to the participants.

1:34pm Next Sunday marks the beginning of the season of Advent in the Roman Catholic Church—the spiritual preparation for Christmas. But it will also mark a major milestone for millions of Catholics across the country, including the 200,000 members of the Archdiocese of Louisville. As WFPL’s Rick Howlett reports, sweeping changes to the church liturgy (the ritual prayers recited during Mass) go into effect. We’ll look at changes and find out why some people are unhappy about them.

1:49pm And just in case the thought of preparing Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday has you breaking out in hives or hitting the cooking sherry, we’ll do some turkey triage with resident chef Kathy Gunst.

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Sen. Rand Paul Proposes Deep Spending Cuts

U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has proposed some $500 billion in spending cuts in order to reduce the federal deficit.

The newly-elected Republican unveiled the plan in a press release just prior to President Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night.

Paul’s proposal would eliminate numerous programs, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

It would also cut $42 billion from the Department of Agriculture’s food stamp program.

Paul says he hopes his proposal will start an important conversation among his Senate colleagues on how to fix the nation’s current economic situation.