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The Fiscal Cliff

What's A LIRP And Why You Should Own One

Ike Ikokwu | Posted 06.15.2013 | Business
Ike Ikokwu

A LIRP is a very powerful yet fairly basic financial planning tool that has been used to solve myriads of financial planning goals for decades. It's kind of like baking soda. Every household in America has one yet uses it a little differently.

Planning For A Totally Income Tax-Free Retirement

Ike Ikokwu | Posted 06.15.2013 | Business
Ike Ikokwu

It's been said the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. While I can't help you avoid physical death, I can help you avoid paying taxes at retirement.

The Real Fiscal Cliff

Ike Ikokwu | Posted 04.17.2013 | Business
Ike Ikokwu

It's the foregone conclusion that no matter which hand the folks in Washington try to play, the fact is taxes will be higher... much higher in the future.

GOP Divided, Angry As Ever

AP | STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

BOSTON — The Republican Party seems as divided and angry as ever. Infighting has penetrated the highest levels of the House GOP leadership. Lon...

Worst Ever

Salon | DAVID SIROTA | Posted 01.04.2013 | Politics

During the halcyon 1990s, we labeled annual congressional temper tantrums for what they were: standard, if boring, budget impasses. Now, though, in a ...

'What A Shame'

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER and PAUL WISEMAN | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Housing is rebounding. Families are shrinking debts. Europe has avoided a financial crackup. And the fiscal cliff deal has removed ...

Time For The Real Test

Salon | STEVE KORNACKI | Posted 01.03.2013 | Politics

The 113th Congress will convene for the first time at noon today, and barring an unforeseen morning development, it will in one of its first act elect...

On Waking to a New Year Without Revelry

Marci Rich | Posted 03.03.2013 | Fifty
Marci Rich

Last night at midnight a New Year dawned. But what did I do? I stretched and yawned. For I was asleep, warmly snug in my bed, while visions of calendars danced in my head.

GOP's Long History Of Shunning Leaders Could Cause Worry For Boehner

The Week | Joshua Spivak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

After a painful rejection by his own party in his attempt to pass a bill to avoid the fiscal cliff, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is at the center of ...

WATCH: Bachmann Slams Obama's 'Unnecessary Drama'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) slammed Obama for bringing "unnecessary drama" by approving a Congressional pay raise in the midst of the fiscal cliff...

Obama Win Could Invite Years Of Warfare

The Daily Beast | Howard Kurtz | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics

President Obama clearly won the fiscal cliff skirmish on Tuesday as he faced down the Republicans, forcing them despite years of fervent promises to r...

How Congress 'Created A Monster' And Caused 'Immense Embarrassment'

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics

By Fred Barbash WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Setting a looming deadline to avert self-created calamity has become a frequent device f...

Back To Hawaii!

Reuters | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 1 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama departed the White House on Tuesday to resume his Hawaii vacation shortly after Congress approv...

Obama Weighs In On Fiscal Cliff Deal

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama weighed in on the fiscal cliff deal passed by Congress Tuesday, saying it's "just one step" in the effort to strengthen the Ame...

12 Conservatives Angry At Republicans Due To Fiscal Cliff

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics

As the House prepared to vote Tuesday evening on a Senate-passed bill to avert the fiscal cliff, prominent conservatives -- both on and off Capitol Hi...

Sabrina Siddiqui

House Moves On Fiscal Cliff | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Subdued House Republicans Tuesday evening resigned themselves to passing the Senate's "fiscal cliff" bill, backing away from threats ear...

Cliff Diving: Not My Idea of Fun

Bernard David | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics
Bernard David

Isn't it time our elected officials grow up and realize that government service truly should be a higher calling? As George Washington stated in a letter to Benedict Arnold, dated Sept. 14, 1775, "Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country."

LIVE UPDATES: Fiscal Cliff Talks Continue

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.01.2013 | Politics

Congressional leaders are still engaged in negotiations over the fiscal cliff. The Senate passed a last-minute plan at 2 a.m. Tuesday with a vote o...

Cantor Comes Out Against Fiscal Cliff Deal

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The No. 2 Republican in the House leadership says he opposes a Senate-passed measure to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. Virginia Rep....

Senate Measure Packed With Eclectic Mix Of Handouts, Takebacks

Reuters | Jim Wolf | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics

* Senate would end part of Obama's healthcare overhaul * Tax breaks for motorsports complexes, mine rescue teams * Green...

Ryan Grim

Prominent Republicans Displeased Over Fiscal Cliff Deal | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A high-stakes, multi-layered game of chicken is underway in the Capitol, as House Republicans grapple with how to handle a fiscal cliff ...

Trump Slams Republicans

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.01.2013 | Politics

Donald Trump criticized Republicans Tuesday, tweeting that they "may be the worst negotiators in history." The billionaire real estate mogul's hars...

Dem Rails Against Fiscal Cliff Deal

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) railed against the last-minute fiscal cliff deal, defending middle-class families and slamming Congress for being "tied in kn...

Deal Prevents Spike In Milk Prices

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 01.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A potential doubling of milk prices will be averted as part of the compromise that White House and congressional bargainers reached on w...

Fiscal Cliff Deal To Block Pay Hike For Congress

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Legislation to prevent the government from going over the so-called fiscal cliff will also block a $900 automatic pay hike for members o...