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Payroll Tax Cut Extension

Luke Johnson

House GOP Offers Deal In Big Fight | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House GOP leaders announced Monday they were putting forward a "backup plan" that would extend the payroll tax cut for 10 months, while ...

Reid Hits Back Against GOP Measure Targeting Marginalized Group

Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics

By ANDREW TAYLOR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- Republicans are looking to deny child tax credits to undocumented immigrants--refund checks av...

Michael McAuliff

Schumer: GOP Congress Has Lost The Art Of Obstruction | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans have lost their roadblock mojo, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said Thursday, suggesting GOP members may be try...

House GOP Pushing Ahead With Keystone

AP | By DONNA CASSATA | Posted 01.20.2012 | Politics

BALTIMORE -- House Republicans say a fresh push for a 1,700-mile Canada-to-Texas pipeline could be part of a new round of negotiations over extending ...

Boehner Expresses Regrets Over Payroll Tax Cut Fight

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics

Speaker of the House John Boehner admitted Wednesday that his strategy in last year's fight over extending the payroll tax cut was mistaken. "We we...

Congress Revisiting Bruising Fight

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With television lights glaring, 20 lawmakers will gather next week to revisit the fight that consumed Congress before Christmas ove...

Reeling From Debacle, Congressional GOP Plans Strategy

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — When last seen in Washington, House Republicans were furious with their own leader, Speaker John Boehner, and angry with their Sena...

Boehner Prepares To Do End-Run Around Tea Party

Posted 01.13.2012 | Politics

By Richard Cowan and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON--House Speaker John Boehner, hoping to spare fellow Republicans a second embarrassing defeat ove...

Allen West: House GOP Leadership 'Sold Us Down The Road'

Posted 01.06.2012 | Politics

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Friday claimed that Republican leadership had sold the party "down the road" by agreeing to a two-month deal to extend the...

Social Security: Secure with Obama?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.02.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The Republicans handed Obama a tactical victory when they agreed to extend the payroll tax cut on Obama's terms. But maybe it's Democrats who've set themselves a trap. What if the president's partisan victory is actually hollow?

Obama 'Free From Having To Put Out These Fires' In 2012

AP | By JULIE PACE | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics

HONOLULU -- Leaving behind a year of bruising legislative battles, President Barack Obama enters his fourth year in office having calculated that he n...

Obama: 'There's No Doubt' About What 2012 Will Bring

AP | By JULIE PACE | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics

HONOLULU -- Reflecting on a challenging year, President Barack Obama says he's hoping for more economic progress following action by Congress to preve...

The Moderate Case Against Republicans in 2012

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 02.26.2012 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

If you are a moderate who wants to see Republicans and Democrats working together, vote out the Republicans this time around. The Democrats have been trying to work across party lines. The Republicans have been blocking progress.

Searching for Approval

Gavin Shulman | Posted 02.25.2012 | Politics
Gavin Shulman

Congress's current approval rating of 11 percent is the lowest in the history of Gallup measuring. While it could be a ton of fun to mock our chosen leaders, what does that say about us as an electorate?

2011: The Year the Power Went Off in Washington

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.25.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Again and again in 2011, as the country sat mired in crises and the long-term effects of joblessness, declining wages, and downward mobility, the response by the governing class could not have been more disproportionate to the problems.

Before They Left Town, Did House Republicans Change the Rules of the Tax-cutting Game?

David Paul | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics
David Paul

This month the Republicans took a stand against tax cuts because of the fiscal implications of those cuts. For the first time in recent memory, Milton Friedman and the Republican Party of my grandfather were redeemed. This was a significant point that should not be lost.

House Republicans Blink In Contentious Year-End Showdown

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With tea party-backed first-termers calling the shots, House Republicans snatched political defeat from the jaws of victory in a ye...

Obama Faces Hurdles Into Election Year

AP | By JULIE PACE | Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On a political high, President Barack Obama capped a bruising year by securing a tax cut for millions of Americans – an achievemen...

Michael McAuliff

Harry Reid Runs Up Score Against Tea Party | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- You can forgive Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) if he's feeling like a Tea Party slayer. He not only led a stinging rebuke...

Obama Discusses 'Good News' Before The Holidays

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Barely beating Santa's sleigh, Congress delivered a last-minute holiday tax-cut extension to 160 million American wage-earners on F...

Sam Stein

Gingrich Criticizes Payroll Tax Deal 2 Days After Urging GOP To Sign It | Sam Stein | Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The reaction among Republican presidential candidates to the payroll tax cut deal has been fairly muted, in large part because the process...

Obama Makes Big Victory Official

AP | Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has signed legislation extending a payroll tax cut for two months. The action concludes an end-of-year drama that...

Inside The Payroll Tax Cut Bill

AP | By The Associated Press | Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics

-- Key features of payroll tax and jobless benefits bill passed Friday by the House and Senate: _Retains through Feb. 29 the current 4.2 percent rat...

Obama Speaks On Payroll Tax Cut Deal

Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics

Obama plans to deliver remarks Friday on the passage of the payroll tax cut deal by Congress. The president had been urging House Republicans and S...

Jennifer Bendery

House Seeks Way Out Of Showdown | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ending a standoff that left the Republican Party battered and its House leader with tears in his eyes, Congress on Friday extended the p...