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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....

Super Fail Complicates Election Year Battle Lines

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The failure of Congress' deficit-reduction supercommittee adds a new dimension to the 2012 political contests, drawing political ba...

Super Committee Failure Sets Up Partisan Wrangling In Congress

AP | By ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The failure of a special deficit-reduction supercommittee sets up a year-end battle between President Barack Obama and a dysfunctional C...

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...

'Super Congress' Leaders Announce They've Failed To Reach Deal

AP | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics

By DAVID ESPO, Associated Press WASHINGTON — The bipartisan leadership of a special congressional deficit supercommittee has officially announced...

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...

Super Congress Failure Could Mean 'The Worst Of All Worlds'

AP | By ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If the deficit-cutting supercommittee fails, Congress will face a crummy choice. Lawmakers can allow payroll tax cuts and jobless aid fo...

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...

Deficit-Cutting Committee Deadlocked As Clock Ticks

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With Congress' supercommittee stymied, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday of a "paper tiger" Pentagon if the panel fail...

'Super Congress' Democrats Scale Back Key Cuts

AP | By ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The most recent offer by Democrats on a deficit-cutting supercommittee would reduce deficits by $2.3 trillion over the coming decade. T...

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.

Super Committee Dems Reject GOP Idea

AP | DAVID ESPO and ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Democrats on Congress' supercommittee secretly presented Republicans with a revised deficit-cutting proposal earlier this week that...

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...

Congress, Super Committee Running Out Of Time

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A sputtering Congress enveloped in an atmosphere poisoned with politics and distrust enters its final weeks of the year struggling ...