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Does Tax Time Need To Be So Taxing?

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

If there's one thing that unites politicians and the general public it's the belief that the U.S. tax system is too darn complicated. Yet somehow the process of paying taxes has resisted almost every attempt at simplification.

Republicans Embrace "Party of No" Label

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If Republicans continue their tantrum once the Senate passes the reconciliation bill, it's going to be a lot easier for Democrats to convince independents that they, the Democrats, are the adults in the room.

Health Reform Post-Mortem

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In order to get anything done this year, things are going to have to move a lot faster than health reform moved. The pace has to be stepped up from "glacial."

Primary Victory Over Conventional Wisdom

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats had better relish their victory in PA 12 while they can, because this weekend a special election in Hawaii is likely to elect a Republican in a very Democratic district.

Pray Immigration Reform Into Passage

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

If our political leaders won't make room for the "strangers" among us, we, the people of faith, will. It's time to stop playing politics with people's lives.

Friday Talking Points [123] -- A Working Senate

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Senate has actually been dealing with many financial issues that will directly effect American consumers, and they've been doing so in an orderly way. You'd think this would be news.

A Strategic Retreat From Leadership

Rep. Mike Coffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Coffman

Obama's proposed budget for space exploration describes an approach that is both reckless and naïve. It would completely abandon the manned space flight program known as Constellation.

Bridging the Partisan Divide Through 'Intentional' Conversation

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It may not be possible to wave a magic wand to dissolve all the substantive differences between the parties, but it is possible to restore some civil discourse to Congress -- and hopefully to the country.

Friday Talking Points [113] -- Republican Reconciliation Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As the dust settles on the aftermath of the health reform summit, not much has changed. Not that anyone really expected anything to change, much, to be honest.

Health Care and Bipartisanship in the Balance

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

President Obama, this is your moment for political courage, vision, leadership, and faith. We urge you to take heart and move meaningful health care reform forward.

The Health Care Reform Summit: Two Areas for Common Ground

Bradford Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradford Kane

President Obama's health care summit with Republicans and Democrats this week provides a profound opportunity to identify areas of common ground for health care reform.

Hopey Changey Stuff

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

I feel like the lone voice calling for the White House to wake up and go nuclear -- attach health care reform to the budget, which will only pass along party lines anyway, and get the job done.

Jason Linkins

Bipartisanship Missing From Final Votes: Whose Fault Is That?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over the weekend, NBC White House Correspondent Chuck Todd took to his Twitter account to say what The Plum Line's Greg Sargent characterizes as one o...

The Obama Presidency at One Year: Taking Stock of Bipartisanship and Post-Partisanship

Bradford Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradford Kane

Bipartisanship and post-partisanship remain central themes and objectives of President Obama's stewardship. But, there is no set rule-book for what these terms mean or how they should be applied.

Hiring Tax Credit: Support Builds For Proposal Rewarding Employers For Hiring, More Hours

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/07/business/07tax.html | Catherine Rampell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The idea of a tax credit for companies that create new jobs, something the federal government has not tried since the 1970s, is gaining support among ...

What Olympia Snowe's Support Could Mean

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

By supporting a moderate bill in committee, Snowe has made the GOP, or at least part of it, relevant again; succeeding where Michael Steele, John Boehner, Joe Wilson, Rush Limbaugh and others have failed.

Max Baucus Has Only Himself To Blame

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have little sympathy for Baucus at this point, when he complains that his adversaries have had time to put out a report attacking his bill. Because there is one reason that they've had all that time.

A 10-Point Plan to Drive Down Health Care Costs & Expand Coverage

Bradford Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradford Kane

Whether or not they realize it, families, individuals, and businesses need competition and a system that affordably serves everyone, in order to stabilize the scope and cost of coverage.

Because Bipartisanship Is Dead Until 2011: A Defense of Senate Moderates

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John R. Bohrer

The GOP cannot even claim credit for bringing the bills to the middle of the road -- the Democrats are hogging all of it. And that is a good thing, despite what some may think.

Are We Finally Done With This Bipartisanship BS?

Dan Sweeney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Sweeney

Max Baucus, in his insistence on bipartisan reform, is almost entirely responsible for the brain-cell-killing month of 'deathers' and 'birthers' we have had to endure.

Baucus' Bill Not Bipartisan, But Panmedia

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Baucus' was supposed to be the "bipartisan" bill, but the only way it can truly be referred to as such is in the growing bipartisan distaste for the bill.

A Big Breakthrough on Green Jobs

Billy Parish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Billy Parish

The New York State Senate and Assembly rose above petty politics last week to pass legislation on climate and energy, setting a precedent for bipartisanship and a sensible cap and trade system.

Joe Wilson Voted To Provide Taxpayer Money For Illegal Immigrants' Healthcare

Open Congress | Donny Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Wednesday night, Rep. Joe Wilson [R, SC-2], shouted "You lie!" at President Obama when he said that the healthcare bill would not cover illegal imm...

It is Time for Congress and the GOP to Get a Grip!

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patricia DeGennaro

Congress seems to be stuck in some partisan twilight zone unwilling to get out of their comfortable bickering and get to work for the American people not themselves.

Calling Mr. Smith, Not Mr. Rogers

Dan Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Siegel

We are starved for a leader who can express righteous indignation against the corrupt forces who have emptied the public purse while bidding for the powers that be.