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Sen. Tom Coburn Takes Grover Norquist To Task For Anti-Tax Oath

The Huffington Post | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics

Anti-tax zealot Grover Norquist provided a fresh rebuttal to an old critic Monday, accusing Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) of standing "alone" in his claim...

GOP Senator Blasts Colleagues In Blistering Takedown

Politico | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics

Sen. Tom Coburn is leaving virtually no one unscathed in a blistering new book in which he accuses both parties of hypocrisy and failed leadership in ...

Washington Disconnect Perpetuates Wealth Shift Upward

Michele Swenson | Posted 02.08.2012 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Instead of presenting a grand vision for job creation and economic stimulus, President Obama has consistently capitulated to Republicans' faux deficit narrative.

In Good We Trust

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

We are at a pivot point. To save the United States as we have known it, we need to put things in the proper balance and perspective. We need to reaffirm our trust in good as well as God.

Laura Bassett

Supercommittee Making Little Progress, Lawmakers Warn

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Behind The Bipartisan 'Austerity Class' That Rules Washington

The Nation | Ari Berman | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

In September the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), a bipartisan deficit-hawk group based at the New America Foundation, held a high-p...

Ryan Grim

Super Committee Keeps Negotiations Under Wraps

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

The congressional super committee tasked with reshaping the social contract between the government and the American people has not had a public meetin...

Lessons From the Debt Ceiling Crisis: Bipartisanship in the Tea Party Era

Bradford Kane | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics
Bradford Kane

The Tea Party displays the power of a sizable extremist faction to reject bipartisanship and impose its demands at any cost, in this case jeopardizing the nation's credit rating and overall economy, with ominous future implications.

Senator Rubio's Fact-Phobic Social Security Speech

Merton Bernstein | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics
Merton Bernstein

Senator Rubio's recent speech on Social Security was political fun and games. If we take it as serious analysis and policy prescription, millions of Americans and the economy would pay a terrible price.

Dick Durbin: Sacrificing Social Security, Recovery?

Curtis Black | Posted 10.09.2011 | Chicago
Curtis Black

Now that the debt ceiling crisis is behind us, it's time to take a look at Senator Durbin's role in shifting the debate away from the jobs crisis and legitimizing attacks on Social Security.

Failure To Raise The Debt Ceiling Is Bad For Business

John Arensmeyer | Posted 09.29.2011 | Business
John Arensmeyer

With each passing day that politicians fail to make a deal, economic uncertainty grows, shaking the environment for small and large businesses alike.

Fiscal Insanity

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Never have I been as disappointed as I am now in over 40 years of serving in the House of Representatives. Our nation's financial system is on the brink of collapse as we approach the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the $14.3 trillion debt limit.

Five Things to Remember in the Debt Ceiling Debate

Rebecca Thiess | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
Rebecca Thiess

The current debate has, for the most part, lacked the balance seen in the blueprint by largely insisting that all deficit reduction be achieved through spending cuts. The reality is that smart deficit reduction must address our lack of revenues as well.

Both Sides Now: Boehner's Food Fight, Murdoch's Schadenfreude Pie, Warren's Just Desserts

HuffPost Radio | Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2010-06-28-bothsides_pull.jpg Matalin and Reagan debate whether a) the GOP risks political suicide by refusing the Pay-Your-Bills Ceiling increase and b) should we care if Bachmann gets headaches or just gives them? Also, is Warren winning? Murdoch?

Obama Holds the Cards -- If He Will Play Them Well

Robert Kuttner | Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

At some point this week, stock and bond markets will begin to start swooning, and the usual wise guys will begin making high-risk bets at the expense of financial stability as a whole. Obama will be revealed to be holding more of the cards -- if he starts playing his hand well (for a change).

The Economy Wants Stability and a Debt Deal, Not Special Interests

Duncan Quirk | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics
Duncan Quirk

The NFL struck a deal, why can't our government? A solution that does not keep the status quo, but eases change and compromises between spending cuts and increased revenues is necessary now.

Michael McAuliff

Unions Go After Gang Of Six Plan: 'It Would Kill Jobs'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Unions are coming down hard on the so-called "Gang of Six" deficit-cutting plan, blasting the bipartisan proposal with a harsh ad set to...

Welcome Back, Gang of Six

Will Marshall | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

Even if Eric Cantor were abducted by aliens, there's no way Congress could pass the Gang's plan to solve the debt crisis before Aug. 2. But the Gang's resurgence adds to mounting public pressure on House Republicans to end their self-isolating intransigence on taxes.

The Drive to Cut Social Security: Why Are the Gang of Six Scared of Information?

Dean Baker | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics
Dean Baker

Since one third of retirees are almost completely dependent on Social Security, any cuts will seriously be felt. But the Gang of Six obviously have made the decision to cut Social Security and they are not going to let any relevant evidence stand in the way.

Kent Conrad on the 'Gang of Six' Talks

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Today, I asked Senator Kent Conrad whether a deal could be reached by the August 2 debt ceiling deadline. Here's what he had to say.

Sam Stein

McConnell-Reid Debt Deal Close To Being Scrapped, Larger Package In Reach

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The fail-safe debt ceiling plan crafted by the Senate's top two leaders, Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), is close to be...

Paige Lavender

Dem Congressman Shows How New Obama Plan Slashes Social Security

HuffingtonPost.com | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) took to the House floor Wednesday to decry efforts being made by President Barack Obama and the Gang of Six ...

Gang of Six Plan Would Raise Taxes on Low-Income Workers

Daniel Marans | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics
Daniel Marans

The chained CPI, a change in the inflation formula that would result in cuts to Social Security, VA benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and other benefits, as well as increases in revenue, has been on the table in deficit talks for months.

Gang Of Six Debt Ceiling Plan Targets Taxes

AP | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new bipartisan plan to reduce government borrowing would target some of the most cherished tax breaks enjoyed by millions of families ...

Progress Scarce As Senate Takes Up Debt Ceiling Plans

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In secretive endgame negotiations, President Barack Obama and House Republican leaders reached anew on Thursday for an elusive "gra...