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Obama Fiscal Cliff

Sam Stein

White House To Offer Scaled-Back Fiscal Cliff Package | Sam Stein | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With congressional leaders set to trek over to the White House for perhaps the last high-stakes meeting before the fiscal cliff is hit, ...

Too Many Baselines!

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.27.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

In the budget debate, we are currently beset by so many different baselines -- different possible spending paths -- that it's almost impossible to make a meaningful comparison.

West Slams Obama For 'Living In Some Type Of Fantasy World'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) criticized President Barack Obama Thursday for "living in some type of fantasy world." “What the president is proposing ...

John Boehner's Failure

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

While Boehner has political status and power, his inept handling of the fiscal cliff negotiation shows he's not a leader. He's a failure.

Deprogramming Progressives Indoctrinated into Supporting Austerity

William K. Black | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
William K. Black

The remarkable aspect of neoliberal economics is that the power of its myth has survived for many progressives even after its failed dogmas caused massive economic destruction, massive elite fraud with impunity, and crony capitalism so corrupt that it cripples democracy.

Cliff Hanger: Why Republicans Don't Care What the Nation Thinks

Robert Reich | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

The combination of a weakened national party and more intense competition in primaries is making the Republican Party relatively impervious to national opinion. This poses a large strategic problem for the Democrats. It could be an even bigger problem for the nation.

White House Meeting Becomes Make-Or-Break Moment

Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics

By JIM KUHNHENN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Amid partisan bluster, top members of Congress and President Barack Obama were holding out sli...

Ten Reasons Why the Chained CPI Is Terrible Policy

Daniel Marans | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Daniel Marans

Now that Christmas is over, President Obama and Speaker Boehner will soon resume talks to cut Social Security as part of a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. Here are 10 reasons why the chained CPI -- the Social Security cut they are considering -- is terrible policy.

McConnell: Obama To Meet With Congressional Leaders

AP | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The Senate's top Republican says President Barack Obama has asked congressional leaders to convene at the Wh...

Jennifer Bendery

Scott Brown Falsely Announces New Fiscal Cliff Proposal From Obama To GOP Leaders | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) caused a stir on Thursday by saying that President Barack Obama had sent over a new fiscal cliff proposal to ...

Poll Reveals Who Americans Blame For Major Dilemma

Reuters | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Americans blame Republicans in Congress more than congressional Democrats or President Barack Obama for the current "...

The Sensible Center: The Challenge of an Intergenerational Compact

George Rupp | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
George Rupp

I call on all of us regardless of age to forge a compact that will undergird the United States in the decades ahead. It will require that we resist so focusing on the needs of seniors that we fail to invest in young people and therefore neglect our children and grandchildren.

WATCH: Rick Santelli Loses It Over The 'Fiscal Cliff'

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 12.27.2012 | Business

CNBC's resident screaming head Rick Santelli is at it again, and this time he's got some strong words for Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. During a...

Obama Makes Big Phone Calls Over Looming Problem

Posted 12.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has made separate phone calls to congressional leaders to discuss the impending fiscal...

Standoff Reaching Looming Deadline With No Deal In Sight

Posted 12.27.2012 | Politics

By JIM KUHNHENN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are engaged in a playground game of "who goes first," daring each political party to...

Jennifer Bendery

Republican Leaders Wait For Action From Obama, Democrats On Fiscal Cliff | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For those holding out hope for a resolution to the so-called fiscal cliff, this was a lost Christmas. Little to no progress was made...

5 Things You'll Need To Worry About Next Year

AP | JOYCE M. ROSENBERG | Posted 02.25.2013 | Small Business

NEW YORK — In 2013, small business owners will contend with many of the same issues that made it hard to run their companies over the last 12 mo...

Obama Should Listen to Obama About Avoiding Self-Inflicted Wounds

William K. Black | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics
William K. Black

Reporters need to ask Obama two series of questions. Who insisted on creating the fiscal cliff, threatened Republicans in Fall 2011 when they wanted to eliminate or reduce it, and after the "failure" of the November 2011 "super committee" to reach a deal to inflict even greater austerity on the nation, made a veto threat to block a Republican proposal to eliminate or delay the fiscal cliff? The answer is: Obama. Obama's driving role in creating and maintaining the "fiscal cliff" makes his warning of the necessity of avoiding "self-inflicted wounds" (recession by austerity) imposed by the fiscal cliff another proof of our family rule that it is impossible to compete with unintentional self-parody. We need to convince Obama to follow his own advice and eliminate the self-inflicted wound (recession) by eliminating, not delaying, the fiscal cliff and safeguarding the safety net.

House Will Not Be In Session For Legislative Business On Thursday

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics

The House of Representatives will not be in session on Thursday, according to NBC. Citing House Republican leadership aides, NBC reports that GOP ...

Starbucks' Urgent Message To Washington

Reuters | Posted 02.25.2013 | Business

By Lisa Baertlein Dec 26 (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp will use its ubiquitous coffee cups to tell U.S. lawmakers to come up with a d...

Obama Will Cut Short Vacation To Work On Fiscal Cliff

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics

HONOLULU -- President Barack Obama will cut short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii, planning to leave for Washington on Wednesday evening a...

Boehner Pressured By Some To Let Democrats Pass Fiscal Cliff Bill

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In case the public weren't frustrated enough over Congress' failure to resolve the "fiscal cliff," consider this: lawmakers probably cou...

Consequences On The Line As Deadline To Avert Disaster Looms

AP | CONNIE CASS | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Efforts to save the nation from going over a year-end "fiscal cliff" were in disarray as lawmakers fled the Capitol for their Chris...

Obama Prepared To Face Crucial Decisions About Agenda

AP | By CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's hardly a secret that Barack Obama, like every president no doubt, muses about his ultimate legacy and spot in the presidentia...

The Fiscal Cliff -- All Eyes Are Watching

Bernard David | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics
Bernard David

Are the elected officials in the United States so narcissistic that they have no idea what they are putting people through? Isn't it time that our elected officials put their own self-interests aside for the good of the both the country and the world?