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Michael McAuliff

Debt Limit Hike Fails In Symbolic House Vote | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican-led House of Representatives turned down President Obama's request to raise the debt limit Wednesday in a largely symboli...

Congress Gearing Up For Big Fight

Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics

By ANDREW TAYLOR, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- Republicans would cut federal employee benefits. President Barack Obama would raise fees for airli...

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 over pa...

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...

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.

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?

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 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...

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...

Michael McAuliff

McConnell Calls On House To Act On Expiring Provisions | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Moments after House Republican leaders dug in their heels on blocking a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, Senate Minority Lead...

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...

Keystone And The Jobs Mirage

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 02.20.2012 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

While the Senate and the House face off over legislation to extend the payroll tax cut, it now seems certain that any compromise will contain a provision that President Obama make a decision on the long-disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline within 60 days. The reason most often cited by supporters of the provision is that the project would create roughly 20,000 jobs. But that number, like so much else attending the Keystone XL project, has been a matter of intense debate, and it's difficult to imagine that the real motive behind the 60-day provision is anything but partisan gamesmanship.

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 ...

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.

Aaron Sankin

Will This Real Estate Bubble Burst? | Aaron Sankin | Posted 12.23.2011 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Walk through San Francisco's bustling SoMa neighborhood and you'd be forgiven for thinking that the economic roller coaster of the la...


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...