Obama Vows to Press Ahead on Fiscal Cliff Solution

President Barack Obama says he’ll press ahead with Congress to prevent across-the-board tax increases set to strike taxpayers Jan. 1 after House GOP leaders unexpectedly put off a vote on legislation calling for higher rates on million-dollar earners was abruptly scrapped Thursday evening. The measure “did not have sufficient support from our members to pass,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, […]

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As Cliff Deal Takes Shape, Congressional Leaders Prepare for a Tough Sell

The pace has been plodding, but Washington reached an important checkpoint this week in its effort to avoid wrecking the U.S. economy with a crisis of its own creation. President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have swapped fresh proposals marked by significant concessions. Differences remain and hurdles loom, but the outline of a pact to avoid the damaging […]

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Obama, Boehner Meet to Discuss ‘Fiscal Cliff’

Administration officials say President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met Sunday at the White House to discuss the ongoing negotiations over the impeding “fiscal cliff.” Spokesmen for both Obama and Boehner said the two men agreed to not release details of the conversation, but emphasized that the lines of communication remain open. The meeting comes as the White […]

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Fiscal Cliff Fictions: Let’s All Agree to Pretend the GOP Isn’t Full of It

It’s really amazing to see political reporters dutifully passing along Republican complaints that President Obama’s opening offer in the fiscal cliff talks is just a recycled version of his old plan, when those same reporters spent the last year dutifully passing along Republican complaints that Obama had no plan. It’s even more amazing to see them pass along Republican outrage […]

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Lawmakers say meeting with Rice left them with more questions

Republican lawmakers said Tuesday their meeting with Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and the acting CIA director left them with more unanswered questions about her remarks following the September 11, 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead. Speaking to reporters after the morning meeting, Sen. John McCain said he […]

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The GOP’s Misguided Crusade Against Susan Rice

Nearly 100 House Republicans sent a letter to President Obama on Monday urging him not to name Susan Rice as Hillary Clinton’s successor at the State Department. Its tortured reasoning exposes the flimsiness of the GOP’s crusade to make Rice a scapegoat for the Benghazi tragedy. The letter’s signatories, led by South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan, are among the many […]

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Friended: How the Obama Campaign Connected with Young Voters

In the final weeks before Election Day, a scary statistic emerged from the databases at Barack Obama’s Chicago headquarters: half the campaign’s targeted swing-state voters under age 29 had no listed phone number. They lived in the cellular shadows, effectively immune to traditional get-out-the-vote efforts. For a campaign dependent on a big youth turnout, this could have been a crisis. […]

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