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For all the attention the president's and Congress' budget proposals receive, they don't actually fund any program or levy any taxes. They're more about politics.

S.V. Dáte

Shirish Dáte is an editor on NPR's Washington Desk and the author of Jeb: America's Next Bush, based on his coverage of the Florida governor as Tallahassee bureau chief for the Palm Beach Post.

Dáte has been a journalist for three decades since graduating from Stanford University. He has written for the Times-Herald Record in Middletown, N.Y., the Orlando Sentinel in Cape Canaveral, where he covered the space program, and finally the Associated Press and the Palm Beach Post in Tallahassee, where he covered the Florida statehouse. He joined NPR in August 2011, and oversees the network's congressional and campaign finance coverage.

Between Tallahassee and Washington were some 15,000 nautical miles aboard Juno, an Alden 44 cutter. Dáte and his two school-aged sons crossed the Atlantic and sailed into the Mediterranean as far as the Aegean islands. They spent just over two years exploring Italy, Greece, Spain, Morocco, the Canary and Cape Verde Islands, the Caribbean and the Bahamas before riding the Gulf Stream north around Cape Hatteras and sailing up the Chesapeake.

Dáte is also the author of Quiet Passion, a biography of former Florida senator Bob Graham, and five novels. His work has appeared in POLITICO Magazine, The Atlantic, National Journal, the Washington Post, The New Republic and Slate.