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Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Obama's Line in the Sand

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What happens now is going to be interesting, because Obama may have changed the whole narrative in this debate. If it works, Obama will emerge from the fight stronger politically. If it doesn't work, Obama risks being blamed himself for a debt ceiling catastrophe by the public.

Fiscal Cliff Defines Obama's Second Term

The Atlantic | Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics

Constant crisis, a more aggressive president, maybe even a more accommodating Republican Party: what last week's agreement tells us about the road ahe...

The Soul of America

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

Despite such terminology as "fiscal cliff" and "debt ceiling," the great debate taking place in Washington now has relatively little to do with financial issues. It is all about ideology. It is all about economic winners and losers in American society.

Obama's Big Mistake Revealed

The New Republic | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

Because it turns out Obama made a critical if underappreciated mistake in the final hours of the back and forth: sending Joe Biden to haggle with Sena...

Explaining the Fiscal Cliff and the Newtown Shooting Is an Urgent Foreign Policy Task

András Simonyi | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
András Simonyi

President Obama and his talented foreign policy team must explain to fellow leaders, in particular their European friends, and the international public at large, what the administration intends to do to avoid the return of the threat of the fiscal cliff

Has the Middle Class Been Saved?

Danny Schechter | Posted 03.09.2013 | Education
Danny Schechter

Forget the working class. The term is passé, as is the so-called and usually undefined great mushy middle class moves into its rightful place at the center of everyone's concerns.

The Jobs Numbers and the Deficit

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

During the months when the Congress and the press kept everyone on the edge of their seats wondering about the dreaded fiscal cliff, business behavior went on as normal -- and a mediocre normal at that. The lousy rate of job creation hardly changed. Detroit enjoyed a good fourth quarter as very low-interest rates stimulated auto sales. Christmas sales were about what was predicted, as consumers turned to their credit cards. To the extent that the economy has remained stuck in first gear, it has everything to do with high unemployment and lagging wages, and just about nothing to do with the fiscal cliff or worries about the debt ratio 20 years down the road.

From Cliff Dwelling to Mountain Climbing

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Congress needs to finish its fiscal work successfully and quickly and then pass legislation that will stimulate job creation and growth and development of the economy for the middle class and the working poor.

Jason Linkins

The Media Needs To Be Trained To Treat Debt Ceiling Dead-Enders As Dangerous People They Are | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics

One of the things that I hope to successfully convey as Congress proceeds from the pooch punt that averted that "fiscal cliff" (that Congress created ...

Fiscal Cliff's Unlikely Casuality

Daniel Simon | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Daniel Simon

Add the Violence Against Women Act and a Hurricane Sandy relief bill to the list of things that remain a low priority for Congress. There is obvious...

An Open Letter to Congress

Jennifer Rowe Walters | Posted 03.05.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Rowe Walters

If you were my child, I'd wonder if you were seeking my attention or testing boundaries. If you were my teenager, I'd wonder if you were feeling peer pressure or experimenting with drugs or alcohol. But, the fact is, I'm not your mother (Thank God!). And you're adults.

Fiscal Cliff Diving: Here's to the Pool!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.05.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Hanging on to a bit more of our money might sound good until the day of reckoning, whenever and however it arrives, when our flight is ending and our landing becomes salient. At that point, we are apt to find ourselves wishing for... a pool.

Jason Linkins

Fiscal Cliff Deal Fails To Neutralize Debt Ceiling Hostage Takers, So Everything Is Still Terrible | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Watching Congress wrangle over the fiscal mess they created was like watching two hapless teens try to have it off with each other in the back seat of...

Walking the Fiscal Cliff

Jonathan Richards | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Ryan Grim

Harry Reid Threw Obama Fiscal Cliff Proposal Into Burning Fireplace | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Shortly after 7:00 Saturday evening, the offices of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid...

The GOP Congressional Circus

Chris Williams | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Chris Williams

Averting this "fiscal cliff" is the least of our issues. The incessant juvenile tactics being performed on a daily basis by the GOP need to end once and for all.

Raising Top Tax Rates Is a Very Big Deal

Robert Creamer | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

For two decades, the protection of high-income people from tax rate increases has been the central driving principle of the Republican Party. It has been their Holy Grail.

Cliff Diving: Not My Idea of Fun

Bernard David | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics
Bernard David

Isn't it time our elected officials grow up and realize that government service truly should be a higher calling? As George Washington stated in a letter to Benedict Arnold, dated Sept. 14, 1775, "Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country."

LIVE UPDATES: Fiscal Cliff Talks Continue

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.01.2013 | Politics

Congressional leaders are still engaged in negotiations over the fiscal cliff. The Senate passed a last-minute plan at 2 a.m. Tuesday with a vote o...

Howard Fineman

Lee: Biden Emphasizes History To Dems | Howard Fineman | Posted 01.01.2013 | Politics

Ducking out of the closed-door meeting of Democrats to attend another event, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas said that Vice President Joe Biden had m...

Reject the Deal

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 01.01.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

The White House and Senate have agreed to make the Bush tax cuts permanent for 99 percent of households, starving the federal government of funds. Even Mitt Romney could never have accomplished for the Republicans what Obama has just done for them. The Democrats in the Senate would have soundly rejected the plan if the Republicans had put it forward. There has been a special absurdity to the entire negotiating process, which has violated every standard of rationality and transparency. And meanwhile, the Federal Government is being dangerously weakened in its capacity to help America address the economic, environmental, and social challenges of the 21st century.

Welcome to the Fiscal Blip. Demand More in 2013

Adam Levin | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Adam Levin

Forget the narrow confines of this binary problem (tax breaks for the rich vs. continuing insurance for the unemployed) -- a political problem allows for a creative, political solution. We should use this fake, ginned-up "crisis" to our advantage and solve the real problems faced by real Americans.

Honey, We've Shrunk the Grand Bargain

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Mohamed A. El-Erian

Some were willing to settle for a "mini bargain." Instead Congress seems now to be working on a "micro deal."

Michael McAuliff

Senate Votes For Deal On Wrong Side Of Fiscal Cliff | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress stumbled ingloriously off Capitol Hill New Year's Eve, with the Senate passing a "fiscal cliff" deal two hours after the deadli...

Averting the Fiscal Cliff: Retired Postal Worker Shames One Percent

Janet Mason | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Janet Mason

The U.S. Treasury Department has been taking contributions toward the national debt since 1961. The largest single donation, made in 1992, was $3.5 million. Most contributions have been under $100 dollars.