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A Fateful Weekend for U.S. Fiscal Stability

Bill George | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Bill George

The fate of the fiscal stability of the United States was sealed on the weekend of December 4-5, 2010.

The Super Committee Punts, and the Odds Are Stacked Against Small Business

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

What's it going to take for small businesses to finally have a voice in Washington?

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.

The Useless Supercommittee

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

One of the reasons why Congress has been largely unable to make the American health care system more efficient and equitable is because of the stranglehold lobbyists for special interests have on the institution.

Nuclear Turkeys

Joe Cirincione | Posted 01.20.2012 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Washington is planning to spend over $700 billion on nuclear weapons and related programs over the next ten years. Some programs are necessary, some ...

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...

Sam Stein

Super Committee Member Jon Kyl Turns Eye Towards Saving Pentagon From Trigger Cuts | Sam Stein | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) a member of the congressional super committee charged with devising a plan to shrink the national debt, pledge...

Arthur Delaney

Super Committee Will Likely Fail, Co-Chairs Admit | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

The leaders of a special deficit reduction panel signaled Sunday that they will fail to strike a deal to reduce the deficit before their Wednesday dea...

A Tiny, Temporary Break in the Force?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I give the Republicans on the super committee credit for offering a few hundred billion in tax cuts through ending some tax expenditures. That breaks the Norquist pledge and a bad day for Grover is a good day for America.

Jason Linkins

Paul Krugman Sends Secret Message To Fellow NYT Columnist | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.18.2011 | Media

Have you read Paul Krugman's latest New York Times column? It is a delight. Titled "Failure Is Good," Krugman sounds off on the super committee an...

Bachmann Gets Into Heated Exchange With College Students

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.18.2011 | Politics

After speaking about her conservative views, Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was drilled by students at Drake University du...

Tax Loophole Users, Companies with Negative Tax Rates, Exacerbating US Income Inequality

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 01.16.2012 | Business
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The fact that companies are paying no taxes when America's working families are still struggling to winter what Fed Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke continues to recognize as a failed or failing recovery is a prime example of what is exacerbating income inequality in America.

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...

Sabotage the Super Committee? We Say Go For It!

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

A super committee failure would be great news. It doesn't matter who blows up the process, as long as it's stopped. Sabotage the super committee? Don't mind if you do!

Laura Bassett

Supercommittee Making Little Progress, Lawmakers Warn | Laura Bassett | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics

Democrats and Republicans on the congressional supercommittee tasked with finding at least $1.2 trillion in federal savings are still far apart on a n...

Super Collusion: Will Obama and Capitol Dems Betray the Middle Class, Seniors and the Poor?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's a terrible mistake to ask the Americans who were wounded most by deficit-causing behavior to carry so much of the cost of fixing it. And to propose cuts to Medicare and Medicaid simply to preserve low tax rates for the wealthy is nothing less than a moral obscenity.

Sam Stein

Obama Warns Super Committee Co-Chairs Not To Change Triggers In Deal | Sam Stein | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the deadline fast approaching for the congressional super committee to make its deficit reduction recommendations, President Barack...

'There's Not Going To Be A Tax Increase'

The Hill | Bernie Becker | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

Grover Norquist isn't worried about a GOP supercomittee proposal on taxes because he thinks Democrats want the panel to fail to reach a deal....

Arin Greenwood

Protesters Occupy 'Super Committee' Hearing In Freedom Plaza | Arin Greenwood | Posted 01.09.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Occupy Washington DC, the movement formerly known as Stop the Machine that has been camping and protesting in Freedom Plaza since Oct. 6...

Preparing for What the Supercommittee Has in Store for Federal Agencies

Tom Fox | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

While there is no easy way to deal with the pain and difficult choices that lie ahead, it may be a good time to dust off some of those old books -- or discover new ones -- about leading change.

A Way-Out for the Super Committee... and the Country

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Each side wants the most it can get, but it must consider that the other side may decide to relinquish some of what it wants to get closer to what it estimates the American people want.

Supercommittee: Don't Cut Medicare Part B

Thair Phillips | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Thair Phillips

The world's wealthiest country is thinking about doing the unthinkable: slashing funds to the section of Medicare that covers vital treatments like chemotherapy for American seniors. These potentially deadly cuts must be rejected.

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...

Can the Supercommittee Slay the Deficit Dragon?

Gary Shapiro | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics
Gary Shapiro

On twelve Members of Congress sits the dragon of our deficit. But the Supercommittee tasked with deciding how to slay this dragon before it consumes u...

Arthur Delaney

Jobless Protesters Occupy Mitch McConnell's Office As Congress Dithers On Jobs | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Roughly 30 jobless protesters from D.C. neighborhoods occupied Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's office in the Russell Senate Off...