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Super Congress Fail May Not Hurt Pentagon

AOL Defense | By Colin Clark | Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON: President Obama's defense budget for 2013 implements the start of the $500 billion in budget cuts required by the Budget Control Act but d...

Jason Linkins

How New Coke Explains Why We Should Celebrate The Super Committee's 'Failure' | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.29.2012 | Media

As the congressional super committee deliberated throughout the fall, the media got us locked into this notion that if they were unable to come up with an agreed upon plan, this constituted a "failure," while an approved-by-super-committee strategy for curbing the debt constituted a "success." The problem with that thinking is that there was never any indication that suggested they could deliver an intelligent plan, just as there was never any indication that Coca-Cola's attempt to alter its classic recipe in 1985 wouldn't end up as the unalloyed failure that it did. In both cases, what's been deemed a "failure," for all anyone really knows, may have actually been a dodged bullet.

The Super Committee's Predictable Failure

Al Checchi | Posted 01.27.2012 | Politics
Al Checchi

Debating tax policy now is putting the cart before the horse. The real issue is what the government should be doing. Then we can worry about how we should pay for it.

Frustration Transforms Into Open Self-Loathing On Capitol Hill

The Los Angeles Times | Kathleen Hennessey | Posted 01.24.2012 | Politics

To its many issues -- dysfunction, occasionally impaired judgment, an inability to get things done -- Congress can add one more: Low self-esteem....

The NRA's Biggest Gun: Grover Norquist and the Decline of (True) Freedom

Josh Horwitz | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

From suppressing the democratic aspirations of millions of Africans to helping corporations fleece taxpayers to pushing worker/employer relations back to the Gilded Age, Norquist has proven by his actions that his brand of "freedom" is every bit as tainted as the NRA's.

How Does a Supercommittee Die?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Not with a bang but a whimper. Not a surprise, but disheartening on many levels. Let us count the ways.

Michael McAuliff

Super Committee's Failure Is A Win For Occupy Movement, Some Progressives Say | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nail barely thudded into the coffin of Congress' failed super committee Monday before all sides launched a barrage of blame, signali...

LIVE VIDEO: Obama Addresses Super Committee Failure

Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

President Obama is set to make a statement from the White House briefing room at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, following news that the congressional super comm...

Michael McAuliff

Republicans Campaign On Failure Of Super Committee | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans have already begun campaigning on the Super Committee's impending failure by blaming Democrats in a blast email Monday morn...

Michael McAuliff

Super Committee Fails: Panel's End Run Around Democracy Fizzles | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An ill-conceived scheme to make an end run around public opposition to major spending cuts to entitlement and social programs has founde...

Michael McAuliff

Super Committee Stalled As Democrats Reject Latest GOP Offer | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The gap between Democrats and Republicans on the debt-cutting super committee appeared as unbridgeable as ever going into the last weeke...

Michael McAuliff

Balanced Budget Amendment Fails In House Vote | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The latest Republican push for a balanced budget amendment that would force massive spending cuts to the country's social safety net die...

A 3rd Alternative: A Super Solution for the Super Committee

Stephen R. Covey | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics
Stephen R. Covey

There is a way out that doesn't require anybody to give up their most treasured principles and beliefs. Like most dilemmas, the deficit dilemma is false. There are almost always more than two alternatives to any problem.

Americans Express Doubt, Disinterest Toward Supercommittee

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

Seven days separate the supercommittee from its fate. By Nov. 23, the 12-member panel is tasked with the difficult chore of finding $1.2 trillion to s...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Senator: Republicans Could Bend On Taxes If Super Committee 'Goes Big' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers suggested Republicans would be willing to raise certain taxes to shrink the deficit, as long as the debt...

Democracy -- Washington Post Style

Max Richtman | Posted 01.09.2012 | Media
Max Richtman

It's hard to understand why a group representing millions of seniors, which expresses a viewpoint held by the vast majority of Americans of all ages, would face character assassination in the opinion pages of the Washington Post.

Michael McAuliff

Republicans Contend Obama Wants Super Committee To Fail | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a sign of just how unlikely Congress' deficit-cutting super committee is to succeed, Republicans took the blame game to another level...

John Boehner: Debt Deal Will Include New Tax Revenues

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that any bipartisan agreement reached by the congressional deficit-reduction supercommittee wil...

Michael McAuliff

WATCH: Protester Brings OWS To Super Committee, Where Dems Eye Bigger Cuts | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A protester brought the message of Occupy Wall Street to the deficit-slashing super committee on Wednesday, even as Democrats on the com...

Super Congress Dems Unveil Massive Plan

Reuters/The Huffington Post | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON - U.S. Democrats are proposing $2.5 trillion to $3 trillion in measures to reduce the budget deficit, including revenue increases and signi...

For Super-Committee, It's "Gridlock Grover" Norquist or the Constitution

Doug Kendall | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Many questions loom over the Super Committee's work, but perhaps the biggest is whether the stripped-down process that Congress established for it can overcome Washington gridlock, or whether special interests will prevail.

Leon Panetta Warns Of Enemy At Home

New York Times | By PETER BAKER | Posted 12.24.2011 | Politics

Tan and ruddy-faced, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta took his seat in a hearing room one morning this month ready for battle. The enemy, he warned l...

The Super Committee is Going to Fail

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Even if the Super Committee does reach some agreement over deficit reduction, it'll be a dismal public policy failure. Fundamental changes to American law will emerge from a legislative black box, without justification or public consideration.

Max J. Rosenthal

Defense Secretary Blasts Congressional 'Dysfunctionality' | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sharply criticized Congress for its han...

Michael McAuliff

Democrats' Deficit Plans Highlight Super Congress Divide | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in the House offered up their ideas for the budget-slashing super committee Thursday, insisting again that the effort be "bala...