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Budget Negotiations

The Bride's Guide to Powerful Persuasion and Getting Everything You Want

Elinor Robin, PhD | Posted 09.20.2014 | Weddings
Elinor Robin, PhD

As a professional mediator I've learned that persuasion is not about dragging someone along. And, it's not about manipulating or tricking them either. Instead, persuasion is about getting people to see a bigger picture and buy into your ideas.

What's Not DOA in the Obama Budget

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

It's of course tempting to decry the president's budget as "dead on arrival" but I wouldn't be nearly so quick to go there. Here are a number of ways that some of the ideas that the administration trotted out Tuesday will be referenced in months and even years to come.

Negotiators Reach Agreement On $1 Trillion Spending Bill

Reuters | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Negotiators in the U.S. Congress have reached agreement on a $1 trillion spending bill for consideration this week in...

Message To Congress: Don't Bargain Away Our Benefits

A. Barry Rand | Posted 02.12.2014 | Fifty
A. Barry Rand

As part of the deal to end the government shutdown, continue funding the government until Jan. 15 and extend the debt ceiling until Feb. 7, Congress convened a budget conference committee between the House and Senate with a goal of reaching agreement on a budget by Dec. 13. The future of Social Security and Medicare are at stake.

Cantor: 'We Know We Have A Difference Of Opinion'

Tulsa World | RANDY KREHBIEL | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

Congressional Democrats have all but given up on new taxes as part of a budget agreement, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Tuesday. "We know we...

Prospects Brighten For Small-Scale Budget Deal

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the poisonous environment in Congress, chances are improving for a small-scale budget deal next month that would ease auto...

Ted Cruz Vs. Obamacare: The Sequel

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a leader in the anti-Obamacare showdown that shut the federal government last month, is plotting how he might e...

Joy Resmovits

'You Can't Get Blood From A Stone' Budget Cuts Hurt Most Vulnerable Students | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

For American students with disabilities, class sizes are increasing, services are waning and providers are disappearing. More than half of parents who...

Sam Stein

Sequestration Victims Have 2 Big Demands | Sam Stein | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With negotiations intensifying to craft a federal budget deal by mid-December, opponents of spending cuts known as sequestration are mak...

Sam Stein

UCLA Chancellor On Sequestration: 'People Will End Up On The Street' | Sam Stein | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the crowded Taft Room of the Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Washington, leaders of some of the top universities gathered on Monday to...

Note to Congress: Immigration Reform Is Waiting for You

National Council of La Raza | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

There is no more time for excuses. Too much of the nation's time and money has been wasted for the sake of scoring cheap political points. Americans are tired of partisanship and obstruction and want a government that is going to produce solutions.

Markets Could Help Close the Deal

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Like the 777 point decline when House Republicans rejected the TARP, only to pass it a few days later, that may be what it takes to end this charade.

The D.C. Political Scene, Such That It Is

Jared Bernstein | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

As gridlock shifts into overdrive and the self-inflicting wound squad are sharpening their knives, here's my abbreviated take: It's all about Boehner.

Treasury Secretary Lew Makes a Great Point (And a Not-So-Great One Too)

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

He was giving the White House talking point that "we won't negotiate over the debt ceiling" and Harwood was like, OK, but you will negotiate over the budget... why is it OK to negotiate over one but not the other?

The Debt Ceiling Will Be Here Sooner Than We Thought

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I wish I could see a way out of this ridiculous debt ceiling fight. Why ridiculous? Because remember, the money that the government needs to borrow in excess of the current debt ceiling is money they've already agreed to spend.

GOP Remains Tight-Lipped On Naming Budget Negotiators

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans for years have criticized Democrats controlling the Senate for failing to pass a budget. But now that the Senate has passed ...

GOP Sending Mixed Messages About Obama Effort

Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

By JOSH LEDERMAN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — House Republicans are sending mixed signals in agreeing to meet with President Barack Obama f...

'Right-Wing Social Engineering' Still Strong Despite Democratic Gains in 2012

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

President Obama and the Democrats' willingness to accept cuts to Social Security in the form of the gimmicky "chained CPI" right after an election where no candidate for federal office campaigned on it shows that the Right's long-term project of undoing the New Deal marches on despite the electorate's wishes.

What Would Happen If The Medicare Eligibility Age Changed?

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 12.07.2012 | Fifty

WASHINGTON -- Americans are living longer, and Republicans want to raise the Medicare eligibility age as part of any deal to reduce the government's h...

Why Republicans Are in the Driver's Seat on Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

President Obama, you must lead. It is you who must "settle." Or it will be you who gets blamed for the second credit downgrade and second recession in five years, not your oft-blamed predecessor, George W. Bush.

Obama's Electoral Mandate and Where It Leaves Republicans

Robert Creamer | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Sunday's morning shows featured some astoundingly stupid comments from Republicans who claim to believe that on Election Day voters gave them a "mandate" to continue their attempts to obstruct President Obama's agenda.

Dems Stiffen Spine Against Potential Big Cuts

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's re-election has stiffened Democrats' spine against cutting popular benefit programs such as Medicare and S...

A Mandate for Bipartisanship

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Jerry Jasinowski

I believe the voters did send a mandate -- a mandate for bi-partisanship. For the most part, extremists were rejected, particularly in Senate races.

Obama Called Steaming Mad Over Failure

AP | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is acknowledging he was angry with House Republicans last year when a supposed "grand bargain" budget agreem...

Are Political Negotiations Dead?

William Pierce | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
William Pierce

Given the passion and commitment and monumental issues the Founders struggled over and compromised over -- most of them were, after all, willing to die for their beliefs -- it is hard, perhaps impossible, to understand our politicians today.