Budget Battles : Analysis
President Barack Obama said Friday that he was "modestly optimistic" that Congress might still avoid the fiscal cliff.

4 weird effects of going over the fiscal cliff

We all know about the steep tax hikes and spending cuts scheduled to slam the country come Jan. 1. But what about a massive spike in the price of milk?

Budget Battles : Politics
Protesters rally outside the office of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Dec. 10, hoping that senators like Rubio don't cut benefits like Medicare in fiscal-cliff talks.

Who will voters blame if the U.S. goes over the fiscal cliff?

Democrats and Republicans are already hurling accusations at each other

Budget Battles : Analysis
It's possible that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will lose his speakership come 2013.

John Boehner's fiscal cliff 'Plan B' failure: What now?

House Republicans refuse to go along with Speaker Boehner's proposal to let tax rates rise for people making more than $1 million

Budget Battles : Instant Guide
A man dressed as Santa Claus speaks outside the U.S. Capitol before making his way to House Speaker John Boehner's office on Dec. 12.

The fiscal cliff: Calculate how much it will cost you

There's still no deal to prevent the double-whammy of harsh tax hikes and spending cuts kicking in on Jan. 1. Who will feel the most pain if we take the plunge?

Budget Battles : Analysis
House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama: Inching toward a deal?

A fiscal cliff deal: Are we almost there yet?

The president and House Speaker John Boehner seem closer than ever to a compromise. Will their parties go along?

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Americans are living and working longer. Why not raise the Medicare eligibility age?

Should Congress raise the eligibility age for Medicare?

Going from 65 to 67 would save more than $100 billion over the next decade

Budget Battles : The Bullpen
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: America already drove over a fiscal cliff

The steep tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect at year's end pale in comparison to what the country weathered just a few years ago

Budget Battles : Analysis
Should all Americans be forced to pay higher taxes to help solve our budget woes?

Blame ordinary Americans for our fiscal cliff problems

Voters overwhelmingly want Washington to solve the country's budget problems. But they reject nearly every meaningful proposition to do so

Budget Battles : Analysis
Fun fact: There are no legal restrictions on minting platinum coins in the U.S.

Could Obama sidestep a debt-ceiling showdown by minting $1 trillion coins?

Some say the Obama administration could avoid a brewing fight over raising the credit limit (yes, yet again) by minting super valuable coins — and spending them

The Filibuster Fight : Best Video
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow Republicans at a Dec. 4 news conference.

Mitch McConnell's amazing filibuster of his own bill

As the Senate minority leader discovered, political point-scoring doesn't always go as planned

Budget Battles : Fact Sheet
Blue America: Subsidizing Red America?

The perverse, backward incentives of the fiscal cliff fight

If the GOP wins, the biggest losers are states that voted for Mitt Romney. If Obama wins? Blue states pay up

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
President Obama delivers remarks to members of the Business Roundtable on Dec. 5.

Will another debt-ceiling fight send America over the fiscal cliff?

President Obama is insistent that the fiscal-cliff battle not be a prelude to a debt-limit war in February, as the GOP is reportedly hoping

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Boehner (R-Ohio) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Nov. 29.

Fiscal cliff fallout: The conservative rebellion against John Boehner

Democrats weren't impressed with Boehner's gauzy $800 million revenue offer, but some on the Right are downright livid

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
House Speaker John Boehner and the GOP may be considering letting tax hikes through to gain leverage later. 

The fiscal cliff talks: Can a doomsday plan save the GOP?

If the GOP can't beat President Obama on tax hikes for the rich, their sneakiest move might be to surrender

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
John Boehner (R-Ohio) leaves after a news conference on Nov. 30 on Capitol Hill.

The House GOP's fiscal-cliff counteroffer: Inching toward a deal?

The White House isn't impressed with the GOP's opening gambit, but this game of fiscal chess has finally started in earnest

Budget Battles : The List
If America tumbles over the fiscal cliff, 53 percent of the country will blame the GOP. Just 29 percent will finger Obama.

Why Obama may be willing to go over the fiscal cliff

Insiders reportedly say the president doesn't want to let devastating automatic tax hikes and spending cuts take effect Jan. 1 — but will if he has to

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