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Leveraging Likability: Why Obama Will Win the Sequester

Bill Schneider | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Bill Schneider

The White House is not positioned to win on the sequester showdown. That's got congressional Democrats worried. Nevertheless, President Obama is feeling confident that he has the upper hand. There's a good reason to believe he does.

Why Obama Refuses to Kill the Sequester

William K. Black | Posted 04.27.2013 | Business
William K. Black

There is a clear answer to how to help our nation. Both parties should agree tomorrow to do a clean deal eliminating the sequester without any conditions. By doing so, Obama would demonstrate that he had no desire to inflict the Grand Betrayal.

Sequester, Revenues and Timing

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.27.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

There's some undisclosed timing restrictions driving the Republicans' position. Which begs the question: At what point does clock run out on their "no-new-taxes" position? Any chance it could be before March 1?

GOP ­Coddles the Rich, Cuts the Rest

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

There will be no end to tax loopholes for the rich, House Speaker John Boehner has asserted. The Republican ruling: The vast middle class, the elderly and the poor must suffer.

Scott Walker Downplays Impact Of Sequester Cuts

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics

With billions in across-the-board federal spending cuts scheduled to take effect Friday, Gov. Scott Walker downplayed the potential harm to Wisconsin'...

The Sequester Debacle: Who Takes the Fall?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The sequester, and all the sequential sequesters over the next decade, deprive Democrats of the resources that they need to be, well, Democrats. Obama can proclaim big, bold initiatives as he did in the State of the Union Address, but they are all mere gestures -- because there is no money to spend on any of them, thanks to the bipartisan obsession with budget cutting. Even worse, Democrats end up colluding in eviscerating very popular and necessary signature programs like Medicare and Social Security, which literally define the core differences between the two parties. So by 2016, and even by 2014, nobody will much remember who was more at fault in the sequester battle of early 2013. The voters will be looking at their own economic situation, and it won't be pretty.

Sequestration Zzzzzzz -- Californians Have Seen This Movie

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

When fiscal crises become the "new normal" the public begins to remember that they elected politicians to do a job. And part of their job description is to take care of the public purse and not to create problems where none exist.

Bob Woodward Blows It... Again!

Slate | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics

Watching Woodward in action has been disconcerting for the many reporters who covered the story in real time. Did the White House float sequestration ...

An Open Letter to Congress

Bianca Strzalkowski | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics
Bianca Strzalkowski

As a proud American, as a woman who worries about my children's future, and as the wife of an American hero, you have let my community down.

Blaming the Tea Party-Controlled GOP for Sequestration Isn't Partisan, It's Factual

Mitchell Bard | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Republicans in Congress are willing to take the pocketbooks of the American people hostage, all to try and ransom spending and entitlement cuts that would, in the opinion of many economists, cause further economic damage to all but the wealthiest Americans.

Republicans, Dems Brace For Impact Ahead Of Cuts

Reuters | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

* Republicans want Obama to be flexible in how cuts are made * White House says law forces across-the-board cuts * Relea...

'We're Seeing Middle School Behavior Here'

AP | CONNIE CASS | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Turns out politicians are people, too, only worse. Just ask pros who make their living in the trenches of everyday human drama suc...

Jan Brewer Says GOP Should Be 'Pragmatic' About Taxes

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) said Republicans should be "pragmatic" and compromise with Democrats on a deal to avert spending cuts schedu...

Looming Cuts Find Few Fans

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The White House and Republicans kept up the unrelenting mudslinging Sunday over who's to blame for roundly condemned budget cuts se...

Every Day the Sequester Continues, Obama's Power Grows

Paul Abrams | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

For the avoidance of doubt, I oppose the sequester, and I oppose budget cuts at this time in our economic recovery. One cannot help but observe, however, that the sequester is a political minefield for Republicans.

John McCain: 'Shame On Ray LaHood'

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain said Sunday that the Obama administration's Republican transportation secretary ought to be ashamed of himself for blam...

McCain Insists Obama Should Invite Lawmakers To Budget Summit

AP | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain says President Barack Obama should invite lawmakers to Camp David or the White House to hammer out a last-minute deal t...

Republican Pooh-Poohs Sequestration Fears

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top Senate Republican said Sunday that the Obama administration is exaggerating the impact of looming cuts to federal spending. Th...

Washington's Stupid, Destructive Game

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The "sequester" debate is the latest stage of an ongoing hostage crisis that's forcing austerity economics on an unwilling population -- cloaking it in a false debate about how to do it, not about why we shouldn't do it at all.

John Celock

Dem Gov. Blames Republican Failure To Legislate For Sequester | John Celock | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) is placing blame for the looming sequester firmly at the feet of Republicans in Congress, saying legisl...

Governors Warn Of Looming Cuts Posing Major Threat

AP | STEVE PEOPLES and KEN THOMAS | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession, exasperate...

Team Obama Warns Of Cuts' Deep Impact

AP | JIM KUHNHENN and TRACIE CONE | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Widespread flight delays and shuttered airports, off-limit seashores and unprotected parks. The Obama administration is painting a dire...

Jason Linkins

As Sequester Crisis Looms, Washington Lawmakers Fight Over Nonsense | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- From time to time, our nation's lawmakers must grapple with inalterable necessities. There are deadlines, disasters, looming crises -- s...

Dems Find Political Edge In GOP's Sequester Stance

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic leaders may be mounting a full-court press to head off the impending start of sequestration cuts, but their congressional cam...

21 Animals That Have Absolutely Nothing To Say About Sequestration

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics

Despite polls showing most Americans are in favor of spending cuts in general, it's hard to get people to pay attention to the details of the looming ...