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Budget Battles : Forecast
Sen. Patty Murrary (D-Wash.) is swarmed by reporters before a super committee meeting Monday: The 12-member panel announced later in the day that it had failed to reach a deal to cut the deficit by $1.2 trillion.

The super committee's 'epic' failure: What now?

Despite pressure to strike a deficit-reduction deal, Democrats and Republicans stay true to their partisan ways. Here, five predictions on what happens next

 
Budget Battles : Best Column
Super committee co-chair Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas): No Grand Bargain on the deficit will be reached by the Nov. 23 deadline, says Paul Krugman in The New York Times.

The super committee's inevitable failure: Why it's a good thing

The super committee is going down in flames, says Paul Krugman in The New York Times. But eventually, voters will settle this feud

 
Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Members of the congressional supercommittee tasked with finding more than $1 trillion in deficit reductions: If the panel can't strike a deal by Nov. 23, automatic cuts will be triggered.

Budget countdown: Time to give up hope on the super committee?

The congressional panel is still stuck over raising taxes as part of a plan to slash $1 trillion in deficits — and the deadline is barely a week away

 
112th Congress : Opinion Brief
After 35 minutes of debate, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to reaffirm the nation's motto, which is displayed on U.S. currency.

'In God We Trust': Did Congress waste time reaffirming the U.S. motto?

Obama mocks the House for passing a symbolic resolution instead of a jobs bill — even though the motto debate lasted just 35 minutes

 
Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Demonstrators in D.C. call on the congressional super committee to preserve Social Security benefits: The powerful bipartisan panel has to agree on $1.2 trillion in deficit savings by Nov. 23, or automatic cuts will be triggered.

Will the super committee 'save the economy' — or wreck it?

The congressional panel must "think big" to put the nation's finances in order. But time is running out, and compromise is in short supply

 
Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
President Obama's new tactic is to split his $447 billion jobs plan into pieces, and try to win Congress' approval bit by bit.

Can Obama save his jobs bill by splitting it up?

A united GOP kills the $447 billion plan in the Senate, and the president vows to soldier on by pushing some of the package's elements individually

 
Budget Battles : Analysis
Two Senate Democrats voted against debating President Obama's $447 billion jobs bill on Tuesday, and Democrats were still nine votes short of breaking a GOP filibuster.

The Senate's 'painfully public' rejection of Obama's jobs bill: 4 lessons

Two Democrats helped Senate Republicans block the president's jobs plan from even being debated. What does that say about Washington?

 
Budget Battles : Best Video
In 1985, President Ronald Reagan gave a speech calling for the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes, and sounded an awful lot like President Obama stumping for his own tax plan today.

Would Reagan have supported Obama's tax hike?

In a new video montage from ThinkProgress, Presidents Obama and Reagan sound remarkably similar in their calls for the to rich pay their "fair share"

 
Budget Battles : Forecast
President Obama's tax proposal faces obvious Republican opposition, but now some centrist Democrats are also hinting that they'll resist the president's strategy.

Will Democrats block Obama's 'millionaire's tax'?

It's a given that much of the GOP will oppose the president's plan to raise taxes — but it's possible that some centrist Democrats might balk, too

 
Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
To shrink the deficit, President Obama says spending cuts and new taxes must go hand-in-hand, though Republicans insist the president is just promoting divisive "class warfare."

Obama's deficit-reduction plan: Just 'math'?

Look at the numbers, the president argues. Raising taxes on the rich isn't class warfare — it's a necessary step toward tackling the deficit

 
112th Congress : Analysis
While President Obama is suffering his lowest poll ratings, Americans are even more sour on Congress, according to the latest numbers.

Will Congress' abysmal approval rating save Obama?

The president's falling poll numbers signal possible trouble in the 2012 election. But will voters be distracted by their fury at Republicans?  

 
The National Debt : Burning Question
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says he actually requested to not sit on the debt "super committee" that many political observers assumed he'd be on.

Why isn't Paul Ryan on the debt super committee?

Though many observers assumed he was a shoo-in, the GOP's budget guru won't be representing Republicans in talks to sharply reduce the deficit

 
The National Debt : The List
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell named Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to a 12-member congressional super committee charged with finding $1.5 trillion in deficit reductions.

Congress' 'troubling' super committee picks: 5 talking points

Mitch McConnell and Co. empower several lawmakers to find $1.5 trillion in deficit reductions. Are they destined for a Grand Bargain — or failure?

 
112th Congress : Slideshow
The Congressional page program: A visual history

The congressional page program: A visual history

After nearly 200 years, the House Page Program is coming to an end. A look back at the boys and girls who have served Congress since 1827

 
The National Debt : Opinion Brief
"No matter what some agency may say, we've always been and always will be a AAA country," President Obama said Monday.

Should America's AAA credit rating be restored?

President Obama insists the U.S. still has sterling credit, even if S&P rates us just AA+. Either way, the road back to AAA won't be an easy one

 
The National Debt : Forecast
A German investor reacts during early morning trading Monday to America's credit downgrade, which sent markets at home and abroad into a tailspin.

The U.S. credit downgrade: 4 predictions

What does Standard and Poor's controversial decision mean for Wall Street investors, Main Street Americans, and beltway politicians?

 
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