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Obama Fiscal Cliff

Reaching the Right Balance

JoAnna Kroeker | Posted 05.22.2013 | Teen
JoAnna Kroeker

Until leading politicians reach the right balance of tax increases and spending cuts, any chance of long-term sustainability and returning to a Standard and Poor's AAA sovereign credit rating is slim.

HIV, Infants, Science and Sequestration

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

The sequestration's full effects are not all clear, but it will severely impede scientific progress across the country, along with various public health programs.

Obama: Media Is 'One Of The Biggest Factors' Shaping Debates

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 01.27.2013 | Media

Fresh off his second-term inauguration, President Barack Obama is far from blind to the influence that the press holds in shaping political debates. ...

Friday Talking Points -- Revive the 'No Budget, No Pay Act'

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In the midst of caving in to President Obama on the whole debt ceiling fight, Eric Cantor tossed out a proposal (likely, to distract attention from his giant cave on the debt ceiling) which, at first glance, sounds great. Almost.

In Black and White: Race and the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Theodore Johnson | Posted 03.19.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

In a town where relationships are the most powerful currency, if compromise hinges on an intercultural friendship between the president and Republican leaders in Congress, then middle ground will remain out of reach.

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...

Dear President Obama...

Matthew Cohen | Posted 03.13.2013 | Teen
Matthew Cohen

After watching the so-called "fiscal cliff" negotiations, I am very concerned that during the next four years you will address only America's immediate needs and maintain the status quo.

Fiscal Fiasco Solved? Not Even Close

Aaron Wang | Posted 03.16.2013 | Teen
Aaron Wang

The fiscal cliff deal we were given was fashioned in a matter of days with too little revenue initiatives, no spending cuts, no debt ceiling resolutions, and a cornucopia of corporate tax extensions.

The Conservative 'Party' Dominates

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

There is a very widely shared myth about "Washington." Accordingly, there are two camps, the right-wing GOP and the left-leaning Democrats, who are more or less matched. Each control one house of Congress, and command about half of the electorate. Hence, the gridlock. Gridlock exists when one party pulls east and the other party pulls west and, hence, nothing budges. This is not the case in Washington. Here, most times, one party wants to move east and the other wants to stay put. Thus, what appears as gridlock is actually one conservative blocking victory after another. The fact that the last Congress passed only half as many bills as most previous ones does not trouble the conservatives one bit.

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...

President Obama: Lack of Leadership

Rob Taub | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Rob Taub

One definition of leadership is "organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal." Mike Woodson, head coach of the New York Knicks, is a leader...

States Still Tip-Toe Along The Fiscal Cliff

RealClearPolitics | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

State governments sighed with relief when Congress, at the eleventh hour, prevented the economy from skidding off the fiscal cliff. The two-month post...

The Charitable Deduction and the Social Contract

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business
Tiziana Dearing

We know we have a social contract. Reasonable people can disagree on how much government is responsible for that contract versus the private sector. That someone has to be, however, is not in dispute. That we have to pay for it shouldn't be either.

The Real Reason Obama Used an Autopen for the Fiscal Cliff Deal

Danny Rubin | Posted 03.06.2013 | Comedy
Danny Rubin

While vacationing in Hawaii, President Obama had no choice but to sign the long-awaited 'fiscal cliff' deal with his autopen. The administration can say what it wants, but here's the truth: Obama, like the rest of us, must have forgotten how to write in cursive.

Sam Stein

How Seasoned White House Negotiators Averted The Fiscal Cliff | Sam Stein | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama badly wanted to keep the country from going over the fiscal cliff. In the Oval Office on Nov. 16, 10 days afte...

Pain of Fiscal Cliff Averted, but Bigger Pain Ahead for Needy Wasn't

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

A year ago GOP congressional leaders made clear that if they have their way they will wield the meat ax on vital domestic programs. In March, they will get their chance.

Bonnie Kavoussi

Obama's Fiscal Cliff Tax Cave May Boost The Economy | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

Some progressives have blasted President Barack Obama for letting payroll taxes rise. Critics argue that the economy will suffer because the president...

Why The Fiscal Cliff Resolution Is Good for Puppies

Gene Marks | Posted 03.05.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Look for more business owners, senior managers and titans of industry to be cuddling their puppies over the next few months. Henceforth, this deal is good for puppies.


John R. Burbank | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
John R. Burbank

Before we declare victory, we might want to step back and recognize that the fiscal cliff deal essentially codified into permanent law the Bush tax cuts of 2001. And we know where that led to...

How The Fiscal Cliff Deal Impacts Nonprofits, Donors

Paul Clolery | Posted 03.05.2013 | Impact
Paul Clolery

Congress has averted the so-called fiscal cliff for the time being. While the measure avoids one of three federal fiscal deadlines, it has an important impact on donors and employees at nonprofits.

New Era for Progressives and Obama

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

With the president in his final term, why wait years to challenge the rightward momentum coming from the top of the Democratic Party? There is no better time to proceed with that challenge than right now.

Time For The Real Test

Salon | STEVE KORNACKI | Posted 01.03.2013 | Politics

The 113th Congress will convene for the first time at noon today, and barring an unforeseen morning development, it will in one of its first act elect...

7 Common Sense Thoughts About the Debt Ceiling Debacle

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Washington is careening off the fiscal cliff smack into the debt ceiling. Once more, Washington is fixated on what and how to cut. Once more, Republicans have indicated that they are prepared to hold the full faith and credit of the United States hostage.

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...

Fiscal Cliff Notes From a Long-Suffering Lefty

Bruce Bauman | Posted 03.04.2013 | Business
Bruce Bauman

I have harbored the secret hope that Obama would unleash his progressive side after he won a second term. I was deceiving myself.