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Scott Brown Aligns Himself With President Obama

Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) continued his re-election strategy of positioning himself as an independent thinker and voter, going as far as to align him...

Government's Travels

Al Checchi | Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics
Al Checchi

Either we are serious about strengthening our domestic economy and creating jobs or we are willing to sacrifice them for other priorities.

Former Obama Adviser: Geithner Set Obama Up For Payroll Tax Success

Bloomberg | Ron Klain | Posted 12.28.2011 | Business

Progressives have a spring in their step this holiday season after the debacle suffered by House Republicans in the debate over the payroll tax. Ma...

Here's to the Old Year!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 02.26.2012 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

We drink a toast to noticing, and another toast to getting ticked off. And another toast to changing the conversation from cutting more things to being more fair. And another toast to the greedy ones being so greedy and the crazies being so crazy that everyone had to notice.

What Did I Get for Christmas? More Taxes!

Gene Marks | Posted 02.26.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Like the in-laws, taxes are returning. So now that the relatives have packed up and gone home, maybe it's time to spend a few hours with someone even more important to you and your family: your accountant.

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.

A Holiday Message

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

We may be at an interesting inflection point in Washington. The latest debacle -- the fight to extend unemployment insurance and the payroll tax cut -- appears to have demonstrably hurt the Republicans and helped the Democrats, especially the president. Moreover, one can probably expect that ensuing fights will redound similarly, as the public appears to be internalizing the meme that the Democrats are fighting for the middle class while the Republicans are fighting for the rich. Politically, this is a dangerous possibility for Republicans, especially in an election year. Could we be looking at the moment when the hyper-partisanship undermining our democracy began to crack?

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...

Republican Payroll Tax Disaster

Brent Budowsky | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

As Obama battles to enact a tax cut for 99 percent of Americans, the House GOP is making a political blunder reminiscent of the self-destructive overreaching of then-Speaker Gingrich that rejuvenated the Clinton presidency during the 90s.

Preaching to the Choir

Eric Yaverbaum | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics
Eric Yaverbaum

Preaching To The Choir How Americans Are Tired Of The Song And Dance So let's take a trip back to third grade history class. We learned that there ar...

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...

Obama to Approve a Series of Anti-Small Business Policies That Will Cheat the Middle Class out of Billions

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 02.22.2012 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The Obama administration has quietly adopted a series of anti-small business policies that will cost small businesses and minority-owned small businesses billions of dollars a month.

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...

Obama Finally Leaving For Vacation

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

HONOLULU — President Barack Obama is starting his delayed Christmas vacation in Hawaii after securing an agreement to extend payroll tax cuts in...

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...

McConnell Boehner Keystone

Jeff Danziger | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


1.1 Million Californians Set To Lose Unemployment Benefits

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 12.22.2011 | Los Angeles

If Republicans and Democrats in Congress don't come to an agreement in the next 10 days, about 1.1 million out-of-work Californians won't get their un...

Jennifer Bendery

House GOP Agrees To Tax Cut Deal | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ending a dramatic, weeks-long political standoff, House Republican leaders agreed Thursday to pass a Senate-endorsed short-term extensio...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama To Boehner: Even McConnell Agrees With Me On Payroll Tax Cut | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Thursday continued putting pressure on House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to pass a short-term payroll tax cu...

Congressman Was for Tax Cut Before He Was Against It

Jason Salzman | Posted 02.21.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

If a year-long payroll tax cut was so important to Rep. Gardner, if he felt so passionately about it that he would risk passage of any bill, even one supported by Senate Republicans, why didn't we hear about it the week before the vote?

McConnell Urges Compromise Over Contentious Issue

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR and LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- GOP aides say House Republican leaders have agreed to a two-month extension of Social Security payroll tax cuts and federal unemployment...