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Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
John Boehner and Co. "seem to hope a deal will be born by way of immaculate conception," says The New York Times' Paul Krugman.

The fiscal cliff: Have Republicans forgotten how to negotiate?

President Obama has apparently learned the art of the deal. Can Republicans make him an offer he can't refuse?

 
Budget Battles : The Bullpen
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: A grand canyon separates Obama and the GOP on the fiscal cliff

When Mitch McConnell first heard Obama's proposal, he reportedly laughed in disbelief

 
Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Reagan vs. Obama: Who's really the taxer-in-chief?

Did Ronald Reagan tax Americans more heavily than President Obama?

A New York Times analysis finds that most Americans paid a higher percentage of their income in taxes in the '80s than they do now. Can that be?

 
Budget Battles : Analysis
President Obama visits a Pennsylvania manufacturing plant to make his case for action on the fiscal cliff.

Would going over the fiscal cliff help the U.S. in the long run?

Republicans and Democrats don't appear to be making progress toward a deficit-reduction deal to head off punishing automatic tax hikes and spending cuts

 
Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) couldn't contain his laughter upon hearing Obama's plan.

The fiscal cliff talks: What do Republicans want?

President Obama has laid out his demands. And this time, he reportedly isn't just negotiating with himself

 
Budget Battles : Analysis
President Obama meets with cabinet members on Nov. 28 amid discussions regarding the looming fiscal cliff.

What a fiscal cliff compromise might look like

Publicly, Republicans and Democrats sound like they're miles apart in deficit-reduction talks. Privately, though, both sides know they have to bend

 
Budget Battles : Analysis
President Obama will go back on the campaign trail to push his preferred fiscal cliff solution.

Will campaigning help Obama win the fiscal cliff debate?

The president is planning campaign-style events to shore up public support for his push to raise taxes on the wealthy

 
Budget Battles : The Bullpen
Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey: The pandering, boneheaded motives behind the payroll tax holiday

Temporarily lowering payroll taxes on American workers failed to stimulate the economy — and ending the holiday promises to invite major political blowback

 
The Filibuster Fight : Opinion Brief
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is reportedly trying to limit the power of the filibuster. The GOP minority is predictably displeased by that development.

Is it finally time to reform the filibuster?

Democrats charge that filibuster abuse has brought routine business to a grinding halt in the Senate

 
Budget Battles : The List
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) speak to reporters outside the White House after a Nov. 16 meeting with President Obama to discuss the fiscal cliff.

5 reasons to let the U.S. ride over the fiscal cliff

Cheering for steep spending cuts and tax hikes to kick in Jan. 1 is now a bipartisan sport

 
Budget Battles : Best Video
Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell speak to the media at the White House after meeting with President Obama to discuss the fiscal cliff.

The fiscal cliff talks: Are Republicans and Democrats close to a deal?

Lawmakers strike an optimistic note after meeting with Obama, raising hopes that Congress will spare the economy an unwelcome jolt on Jan. 1

 
Budget Battles : Analysis
With crusading liberals like Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joining the Senate, a bipartisan deficit deal may be hard to come by.

Is the Senate too liberal to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff?

Democrats have beefed up their Senate majority with the election of some "unabashed progressives." Will that make compromise even harder on Capitol Hill?

 
Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Mitt Romney holds a copy of his plan to increase jobs and boost the economy during a talk in 2011: The former Republican presidential candidate may have been onto something with his tax plan.

Is Mitt Romney's tax plan the key to avoiding the fiscal cliff?

Democrats say Romney's proposal to raise revenue by slashing deductions for the rich could reduce deficits — without the tax-rate hikes that Republicans despise

 
Budget Battles : The List
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal chided his party this week for protecting the rich and "their toys."

5 Republicans who think the GOP should stop coddling the rich

In the months leading up to the election, Democrats successfully portrayed Republicans as the party of rich white elites. Never again, vow some conservatives

 
Budget Battles : Burning Question
If President Obama allows all of the Bush tax cuts to expire, say some Democrats, he may be able to force House Republicans to pass tax cuts for the middle class.

Should President Obama drive America over the fiscal cliff?

Liberals have urged Obama to play hardball in budget talks with Republicans, even if it means plunging the country into economic uncertainty

 
Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama are about to engage in some fiscal hand-to-hand combat — and Democrats may have the advantage.

Are Republicans caving in on raising taxes?

In the wake of President Obama's decisive victory on Election Day, the GOP appears to be buckling at the knees when it comes to its anti-tax position

 
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