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Arthur Delaney

Harry Reid: Extended Unemployment On The Table As Part Of 'Grand Bargain' On Debt Ceiling | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A deal to raise the statutory U.S. borrowing limit and cut the federal budget may preserve federal unemployment benefits set to expire a...

Don't Sacrifice Our Future

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

It comes down to this: Is it more important for millionaires to have all of their tax breaks preserved or for Gail to have her life saved by Medicaid?

Dan Froomkin

Senate Dem Pitches Tax Haven Abuse Bill As Deficit Reduction | Dan Froomkin | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics

To the ongoing Capitol Hill choruses of "tax the rich" and "tax the poor," Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) offered a third option on Tuesday: "Tax the cheat...

How North Dakota Lost Its Clout in Congress

Al Eisele | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Al Eisele

For the last two decades, no state wielded more political influence per capita in the nation's capital than North Dakota, thanks to the three veteran Democrats who made up its entire congressional delegation.

Michael McAuliff

Budget Dem: $2.4 Trillion Cut Is Not Good Enough | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate's Democratic Budget Chairman drew his own line in the sand of raising the nation's debt limit Tuesday, saying he'll oppose an...

Friday Talking Points [167] -- Happy Friday the Thirteenth, Ron!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ron Paul, apparently, is not a superstitious kind of guy. Tempting fate, as it were, he announced today that he's running for president once again -- on Friday the thirteenth.

To Learn the Game, the Left Could Use a "Weekend at Bernie's"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Sen. Sanders is reviving a bill he introduced earlier this year which imposes a 5.4% surtax on all earnings over $1 million per year. Budget negotiations haven't even started yet, but Bernie just changed the terms for the better.

Ryan Grim

Senate Dems Fired Up At Kent Conrad | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats are furious at their lead budget negotiator for crafting a blueprint that they think moves the party too far to the rig...

All Eyes On 'Gang Of Six' As Deficit Deal Negotiations Continue

Posted 06.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- They have met in almost total secrecy for months, holed up in an office on Capitol Hill: three Republican and three Democratic senat...

Elise Foley

Republicans Downplay Urgency Of Raising Debt Ceiling | Elise Foley | Posted 06.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Failing to raise the nation's debt ceiling would be less damaging than allowing the deficit to continue to swell, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okl...

Jon Ward

Senate Republicans Threatening To Make Harry Reid And Dems Go It Alone On Raising Debt Ceiling | Jon Ward | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics

With many Republicans agreeing with Democrats that raising the debt ceiling is a simple necessity, some think the GOP is left with little negotiating ...

Senate Leaders Panicked by anti-Washington Mood

Al Eisele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Al Eisele

In a dramatic development, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that all 27 senators facing reelection next year will not seek another term.

Cold-Blooded: Grandma Souljah, Felon-Friendly Cuts, and Other Austerity Horrors

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Something has gone seriously wrong when Democrats can convince themselves that their path back to popularity lies in cutting Social Security and leaving poor people to freeze in the dark.

Taxes Fall To Lowest Level Since 1950, By One Measure

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Taxes too high? Actually, as a share of the nation's economy, Uncle Sam's take this year will be the lowest since 1950, when the K...

Key Senate Democrat Reportedly Retiring

AP | DALE WETZEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad said Tuesday he will not seek re-election in 2012 because he wants spend more time working o...

Erskine Bowles is Wrong, the Era of Deficit Denial Is Doing Just Fine

David Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Paul

Tea Party acolytes had among their core message two principles: First, Congress should move quickly to end out of control deficit spending. Second, Congress should stop lying to the American people. Well, so much for that election.

Obama's Deficit Frankenstein

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The Deficit Commission issued its report, and the president has a problem. Like Frankenstein, he built a creature from discarded parts and it took on a life of its own. And like its fictional counterpart, it's threatening to destroy its creator.

Time to Save the Democrats From Themselves -- and All of Us From Deficit Extremism

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson are pushing ideas well outside the norm of mainstream politics for the last 75 years. They want to cut Social Security to decrease the deficit -- a move that's even opposed by most Tea Partiers.

Jason Linkins

Deficit Commission: The Most Dishonest Thing Ever Said About It | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Of all the things that have been said in the wake of the release of the Deficit Commission's "Chairman's Mark," there is probably none more dishonest than what Senator Kent Conrad said on "Good Morning America" yesterday.

Hey, We're Gonna Balance the Budget! But Seriously, Folks ...

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

So-called "deficit hawks" like Kent Conrad, Erskine Bowles, and Alan Simpson aren't just unserious. They're radicals. Their positions are an extreme departure from the philosophy of government that's guided American policy for a century.

Sam Stein

Conrad Wants All Tax Cuts Extended While Congress Works On Broader Reform | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), one of the most important voices in the ongoing tax cut debate, is supporting a proposal pushed by a prominen...

Sam Stein

First Salvo In Social Security Fight: $20 Million Campaign Launched With Bayh, Conrad As Allies | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In what may be the first major move of the forthcoming Social Security debate, the Peterson Foundation launched on Tuesday a $20 million...

Ryan Grim

Pelosi Stacked Deficit Commission To Protect Social Security | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nancy Pelosi will be prepared to beat back a run on Social Security or Medicare if the deficit commission recommends cuts to the popular entitlement p...

Shahien Nasiripour

Obama Nominee Doesn't Believe Deregulation Led To Financial Crisis | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

UPDATE: The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 9 to 0 on Tuesday morning in favor of Lew's nomination and referred him ...

Deficit Hypocrites Need Not Fear the Media

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

The establishment media has, thus far, allowed the deficit hypocrites to screech about fiscal responsibility one moment, and then frantically work behind closed doors in the next to ensure the deficit continues to inflate.