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Payroll Tax Cut

Sam Stein

Past GOP Congressional Players Warn Boehner To Fold On Payroll Tax | Sam Stein | Posted 12.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House GOP leadership's decision to draw a line in the sand over a one-year extension of the payroll tax cut has been second-guessed ...

McCain Says Payroll Tax Cut Fight Hurts GOP

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 12.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain said Congress' failure to reach agreement on legislation extending a payroll tax cut for working Americans "hurts the R...

Michael McAuliff

President Obama Fires New Shot At GOP In Tax Cut Fight | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House has launched an online campaign that enlists regular Americans to pressure House Republicans into passing an extension o...

Michael McAuliff

Democratic Campaign Groups Slam Republicans On Payroll Tax Cut | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In yet another sign that Democrats are sure they're winning the debate over extending the payroll tax cut, a party campaign outfit is us...

If It Ain't Broke, Break It

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics
Rep. Keith Ellison

Our democracy is built not only on compromise, but on trying solutions from both parties. And with an economic crisis as deep as ours, we can't afford to ignore ideas that create jobs. Our government is not broken, but Republican ideology certainly is.

Merry Christmas, Middle Class! House Republicans Just Voted To Raise Your Taxes By $1,000

Tom McMahon | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics
Tom McMahon

What a way to ring in the new year -- a tax hike in our pay checks. We can't return this gift because, thanks to the House Republicans, all we got was coal.

House Republicans: Gambling With Millions of Lives

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

When the House Republicans blew up a bipartisan Senate plan to continue unemployment insurance and the payroll tax cut for two months, they made it clear that they were willing to use the 99 percent as bargaining chips in their fight to protect the top 1 percent.

House Punt on Payroll Deal Highlights Need for Radical Reform

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

America's tendency is to pursue policies that react primarily to violence, not aim to prevent it. As a result, not only is America less economically prosperous, it is less peaceful. The way forward, then, is to learn from what the index is telling us.

Sam Stein

Obama Calls Boehner To Press Him On Payroll Tax Cut Extension | Sam Stein | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama made phone calls to leaders on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning in an effort to encourage them to pass a two-month ...

WATCH: Maddow Hammers John Boehner And House Republicans

Posted 12.21.2011 | Media

Rachel Maddow hammered Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans Tuesday night for what she called "another Congressional crisis." Maddow was ref...

Jason Linkins

House GOP Caucus Could Do Better Than 'Braveheart' As Their Source Of Cinematic Pep | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.20.2012 | Media

When we look back on American history with our typical panglossian perspective, we tend to imagine that at every great moment, our nation was propelled into the future by the right person who had the right speech to stir our souls at the right time. Whether or not that used to be true, it doesn't seem to be the case anymore. At least if the House GOP caucus is any guide, anyway. For the second time in their first year as an assembly, they've relied on inspirational speeches from movies to inspire each other to go out and obstruct like the dickens! Hooray for Hollywood cliches, I guess.

Michael McAuliff

Dems Try To Shame GOP With House Floor Stunt | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) held a news conference Wednesday demanding that Democrats return from vacation to extend the p...

Keystone Pipeline: Small Part of a Very Big Picture

William Bradley | Posted 02.20.2012 | Green
William Bradley

In the chaos that passes for governance in Washington, the Keystone XL pipeline project looms as a seemingly supreme issue. But it is not. To view it as such is to miss the overall, something our media excels at.


The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

The Wall Street Journal editorial page attacked congressional Republicans Wednesday for possibly losing the payroll tax cut standoff to President Bara...

Mr. President and Senator Reid: Time for Silent Night

Jim Neal | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics
Jim Neal

Speaker Boehner's attempt to concoct a narrative about some compromise of a compromise depends on who's listening. And that's where the president and Senator Reid have an opportunity to play the spoilers.

The Keystone XL Pipeline Scam

Michael Brune | Posted 02.20.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

What we're watching unfold in Washington, D.C., is more than just a high-stakes political power play -- it's a scam undertaken by Big Oil's congressional puppets on the orders of oil companies that have billions of dollars at stake.

The Osawatomie Policy Agenda, Part 3

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

What with the inmates running the asylum, you might think it's an odd time to talk about the concrete ideas that grow out of the speech President Obama gave recently in Kansas... ideas in the spirit of actually building an economy that works a lot better for a lot more of us. But if anything like the low job growth we've seen for the past decade continues, we will need ambitious infrastructure and social spending programs not just in bad times but in good times, too. Again, it may seem strange to start planning that kind of agenda when the polar opposite is transpiring in the halls of power. But then again, maybe this is exactly the right time. Maybe, as Congress creeps under the impossibly low bar we've already set for them, it's actually the right time to start promoting a new vision.

Ebenezer Boehner

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

As Christmas approaches, millions of Americans face a tax increase because Republicans want to defeat President Obama more than they want to help the middle class. Bah Humbug!

Arthur Delaney

Congress To Jobless: Peace Out | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress are set to go home for the year without an agreement on how to prevent more than a million jobless from abruptly los...

Scott Brown: House GOP Would Rather Play Politics Than Find Solutions

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics

Sen. Scott Brown (R- Mass.) denounced House Republicans for rejecting a payroll tax cut deal on Tuesday, and accused his colleagues of putting politic...

GOP's Keystone Bait and Switch Will Cost American Consumers

Rep. Gerry Connolly | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Rep. Gerry Connolly

It is not surprising that Republicans have sided with the oil companies, even holding a tax cut hostage to accelerate construction of an oil pipeline which the industry itself acknowledges will increase gas prices for American consumers.

Jennifer Bendery

"We Have More Important Things To Worry About Than Saving Face" | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance at Tuesday's White House briefing to send a message directly to House Speaker John Boe...

Michael McAuliff

Payroll Tax Cut Bill: House Rejects Senate Extension | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans on Tuesday rejected a Senate bill that would have prevented a payroll tax cut from expiring on New Year's Day, saying ...

Off the Cliff

Rep. Bruce Braley | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Rep. Bruce Braley

It's unacceptable. Letting the payroll tax cut expire would not only take money away from struggling middle class families -- it would put a damper on job creation in our weak economy.

Sam Stein

Reid Won't Appoint Negotiators To Hammer Out Payroll Tax Cut Deal | Sam Stein | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republican leadership is poised to reject a Senate-passed two-month payroll tax extension on Tuesday afternoon, pushing negotiatio...