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Fiscal Cliff Deal

Sequestration: Economic Russian Roulette Comes to America

Sheldon Filger | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

There are arguments currently underway as to how much of an impact 85 billion dollars in arbitrary spending reductions will have on a still fragile economy. These concerns miss the essential point.

Ryan Grim

GOP Senator Defends Hidden Giveaway In Fiscal Cliff Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch angrily defended the inclusion of a controversial provision in the fiscal cliff deal that will pay major dividends...

Paul Ryan: 'The Sequester Is Going To Happen'

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics

Paul Ryan made a pessimistic prediction about Congress on Sunday. “We think these sequesters will happen because the Democrats have opposed our e...

Biden: Trust Has Strengthened Relationship With GOP

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden says the reason he has been called upon to close deals with congressional Republicans is because he has de...

Senator's Gift To Big Pharma Causing Problems For Medicare

nytimes.com | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Just two weeks after pleading guilty in a major federal fraud case, Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology firm, scored a largely u...

Fiscal Cliff Defines Obama's Second Term

The Atlantic | Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics

Constant crisis, a more aggressive president, maybe even a more accommodating Republican Party: what last week's agreement tells us about the road ahe...

Obama's Big Mistake Revealed

The New Republic | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

Because it turns out Obama made a critical if underappreciated mistake in the final hours of the back and forth: sending Joe Biden to haggle with Sena...

White House's Surprising Fiscal Cliff Move Revealed

Reuters | Posted 03.10.2013 | Business

* Obama administration insisted on tax breaks, McConnell aide says * White House says Obama backed wind energy, R&D ta...

'Absymal Marks For GOPers' On Fiscal Cliff

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

While views are split on the fiscal cliff agreement, President Barack Obama is generally seen as having won the debate, with Republicans' dislike of t...

Trump Takes GOP To Task On Fiscal Cliff Deal

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

Donald Trump blasted Republicans on Monday for their negotiating tactics during the fiscal cliff debate, positing that Obama "would have folded" if th...

Flickers Of Hope Shine Through Contentious Battle

AP | LIZ SIDOTI | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Every election year, they become the popular ones, the celebrities with the power to hire or fire politicians. Then, when actual governi...

A Deficit Hawk Earns His Seat in Heaven

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Three public figures associated with the movement to cut government spending appeared in the news this week. All three characters -- the Senator, the Lobbyist, and the Economist -- have encouraged steep cuts in government spending. But only one of them is going to heaven. Which one?

BOTH SIDES NOW: Q: Why Can't the U.S. Reduce Deficits and Gun Violence? A: Voters

HuffPost Radio | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgEliot Spitzer & Torie Clarke debate the Cliff deal and guns after Newtown. Should blame fall on Washington or on voters who want to spend 24 percent of GDP while only paying 16 percent in taxes and since many also "cling" to a two century near-religious belief in their muskets?

'I Need This Job Like I Need A Hole In The Head'

Wall Street Journal | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics

What stunned House Speaker John Boehner more than anything else during his prolonged closed-door budget negotiations with Barack Obama was this revela...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week we narrowly avoided the fiscal cliff. But while the president might have won that battle, the most important war -- the war against joblessness -- continues to drag on while pushed to the sidelines of our national conversation. Friday brought yet another middling jobs report, with the economy adding only 155,000 jobs. Yet when the president was asked on Meet the Press what his priorities were for his second term, after leading with immigration, he talked about "stabilizing the economy" mostly in terms of deficit reduction and "fiscal stability," and then "the huge opportunity around energy." So what happened to the "pivot" to jobs that we heard so much about during the campaign? Apparently that did fall off the cliff. At the current rate, unemployment won't be back to where it was before the recession for at least another seven years. It's a sign of how far off the rails we've gone that this is now seen as good news.

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...

Chris Kirkham

CEOs Pan Fiscal Cliff 'Joke' As Corporate Purses Fill

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 01.05.2013 | Business

In the wake of this week's last-minute deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, executives at some of the nation's largest corporations have denounce...

Friday Talking Points -- Talking About the Deal

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We are going to use our Friday Talking Points this week to point out why this deal is not just a pretty darn good one, but actually downright historic.

On Fiscal Cliff, Congress' Work Isn't Done Yet

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Legislation passed this week to avert the "fiscal cliff" could still leave in place deficits averaging more than $900 billion a yea...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Poll Shows Mixed Opinions On Fiscal Cliff Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.04.2013 | Politics

In the waning days of 2012, many Americans weren't sure the fiscal cliff could be avoided. Now that a deal has been reached, they are divided on what ...

From Cliff Dwelling to Mountain Climbing

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Congress needs to finish its fiscal work successfully and quickly and then pass legislation that will stimulate job creation and growth and development of the economy for the middle class and the working poor.

Why Wall Street's Happiness Won't Last

AP | By STEVE ROTHWELL | Posted 03.07.2013 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — When lawmakers delivered a long-delayed, last-minute agreement on the budget, Wall Street celebrated. And it would be easy to think ...

WATCH: Asparagus Grower Rep Defends Fiscal Cliff Subsidies

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington | Posted 01.23.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

The "fiscal cliff" deal passed by Congress earlier this week included a number of obscure provisions that are now benefiting some unexpected parties. ...

Sam Stein

How Seasoned White House Negotiators Averted The Fiscal Cliff

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama badly wanted to keep the country from going over the fiscal cliff. In the Oval Office on Nov. 16, 10 days afte...

Grover Norquist On Fiscal Cliff Deal: 'I'm Happy'

HuffPost Live | Posted 01.04.2013 | Politics

Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist joined HuffPost Live Friday to explain why, despite his famous pledge for members of Congress to ne...