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Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

AARP To Congress: Don't Touch Social Security

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

On Wednesday, AARP volunteers and staff will visit Capitol Hill to deliver a strong message to Congress on the fiscal cliff: leave Social Security and...

Obama: GOP Tax Proposals Would Put Nonprofits At Risk

Reuters | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

* Charities could be hit by Republican tax plan-White House * Obama aides meet with executives of largest nonprofits * C...

Obama Won't Budge Amid Republican Disarray

Reuters | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

* Obama won't budge on tax rate increase for wealthiest * President suggests 2013 tax reform could yield lower rates * R...

Jason Linkins

Fiscal Cliff Primer: Should We Be Worried About A Market Crash? | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

No.* *We explain in the video above. Previously on The Huffington Post: CNBC Pretty Sure That Brief Appearance From Raul Grijalva Devastated The...

Arthur Delaney

Fiscal Cliff Cuts: Democrats Divided Over Whether To Put Social Security 'On The Table' | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top Democrats in Congress on Tuesday signaled their willingness to consider cuts to social insurance programs as part of a broader budge...

Norquist Slams Obama's 'Real Problem'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

Grover Norquist criticized President Barack Obama Tuesday, saying he "overplayed his hand" in the fiscal cliff negotiations because he thinks "somebod...

Republicans Revive Ideas From Past Failure

Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

By ANDREW TAYLOR, The ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- Republicans are proposing a "fiscal cliff" plan that revives ideas from failed budget talks wi...

#My2K and How to Keep Our Political Debate From Going Over the Cliff

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Hey, have you heard about this thing called "the fiscal cliff"? Actually, the better question is: Have you heard about anything except the fiscal cliff? Nine months ago, the term had not even entered the media lexicon. And now it's suddenly everywhere. But whether or not we go over the fiscal cliff, around the fiscal curve, or down the fiscal slope remains to be seen, but one thing is already certain: Our political debate has already gone over the cliff. Why can't we channel some of the ingenuity we clearly possess for producing manufactured crises -- and giving them catchy names -- into solving our real problems? The debate the country should be locked in right now isn't about the fiscal cliff and the deficit but about the growth cliff and the 20 million unemployed or underemployed Americans. The only way we're going to grow the economy is if we grow the debate about the economy.

Sam Stein

Fiscal Cliff Talks: Progress Quietly Begins As Both Sides Make Opening Bids | Sam Stein | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Dire headlines about the ongoing "fiscal cliff" debate might give the impression that the country is destined for a harrowing economic j...

House GOP Considering Fiscal Cliff 'Doomsday Plan'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Bufkin | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

Republican lawmakers are reportedly considering a so-called "doomsday plan" that would allow middle-class tax cuts to pass the House of Representative...

Charity Must Prevail

Patricia McGuire | Posted 02.02.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Deliberately debilitating the nation's habits of the heart will not contribute to better fiscal health for future generations. Our national commitment to charity must prevail as the best possible witness of this nation's moral commitment to ensure justice for all.

Emily Swanson

HuffPost YouGov Poll: Americans Unsure Of Fiscal Cliff Outcome | Emily Swanson | Posted 12.03.2012 | Business

Although Americans are aware of the fiscal cliff debate, they are unsure of whether to expect a deal before the deadline, according to a new HuffPost/...

Dave Jamieson

Fiscal Cliff Protestors To Picket Social Security Offices Nationwide | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressive and labor groups plan to picket outside a hundred Social Security offices around the country on Wednesday, telling lawmakers...

Why It's Hard to Replace the 'Fiscal Cliff' Metaphor

George Lakoff | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
George Lakoff

Writers on economics have been talking since the election about why the "fiscal cliff" metaphor is misleading. But none of the alternatives has stuck, nor has the fiscal cliff metaphor been abandoned. Why?

Better Late Than Never

Robert Kuttner | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

In his budget proposal, the president offered no cuts in Social Security, and only $400 billion over 10 years in Medicare and other savings, money that can be gotten by allowing Medicare to negotiate bulk discounts with drug companies and other administrative savings, without raising the eligibility age or otherwise cutting into benefits. The Republicans, meanwhile are revealed as the people who would push the economy off a cliff in order to fight for tax breaks for the richest 2 percent; the party that would rather cut benefits in Medicare and Social Security than have the wealthy pay even the relatively low tax rates of the Clinton years. It was Winston Churchill who said that you can always count on Americans to do the right thing, after they've tried everything else. Obama, belatedly, is doing the right thing.

Saving Face on the Bush Tax Cuts: How Everyone Can Claim Victory

Paul Abrams | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The Republicans have lost the public. They lost the election. The American people overwhelmingly support raising tax rates on incomes over $250,000.

The Daedalus Dilemma

Michael Malice | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics
Michael Malice

We leave the conservative and the progressive, unable to understand each other, angry and frustrated, in a prison neither of their making nor of their own choosing -- but a prison nonetheless.

John Boehner: Congress 'Never Going To Give Up' Debt Ceiling Powers

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics

John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that giving the president control of the debt ceiling is "silliness." "Congress is never going to give up this power," ...

Laura Bassett

Sen. Lindsey Graham: 'We're Going Over The Cliff' | Laura Bassett | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Sunday that he doubts Republicans will be able to reach a budget deal with the Obama administration in time to av...

Laura Bassett

John Boehner On Fiscal Cliff Talks: 'We're Nowhere' | Laura Bassett | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said on Sunday that Republicans are nowhere near reaching a deal with the White House to avoid going over the "fis...

Geithner Predicts GOP Will Cave On Taxes

Reuters | Posted 12.02.2012 | Business

By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON, Dec 2 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner pressed Republicans to offer a plan to increase revenues...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Nancy Pelosi Threatens To Break Fiscal Cliff Stalemate | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi offered her own way to break the apparent stalemate over the so-called fiscal cliff -- by taking matt...

More Republicans Breaking With GOP On Anti-Tax Dogma

Reuters | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

* Some Tea Party-backed members flexible on tax rates * Obama encouraging more Republicans to stray from leaders * Might...

Limbaugh Urges Republicans To Take Drastic Action

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.30.2012 | Politics

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh encouraged GOP lawmakers to take the existing game of political brinksmanship regarding the fiscal cliff and bri...

Obama Pushes Pitch Outside Of D.C.

Posted 11.30.2012 | Politics

By JIM KUHNHENN, ASSOCIATED PRESS HATFIELD, Pa. (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging Congress to pass an extension of tax cuts for middle clas...