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Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
If President Obama lets the Bush tax cuts expire at the end of the year, Grover Norquist and anti-tax Republicans will reportedly push for impeachment.

Could the GOP impeach Obama for ending the Bush tax cuts?

Though liberals are scoffing, that's the threat from Grover Norquist, the anti-tax activist who has essentially been setting the GOP's tax policy

 
Budget Battles : The Bullpen
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: The payroll tax shell game

The ballyhooed bill delays a de facto tax hike for millions of Americans — but also undermines Social Security and the economic recovery

 
Budget Battles : Analysis
Just as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell foreshadowed Thursday, the House passed the two-month payroll tax cut extension.

The payroll tax cut deal: 3 reasons the GOP caved

Congress finally agreed on a temporary extension of the tax holiday, just days before it was set to expire

 
Budget Battles : The List
The Senate's two-month extension of the payroll tax break is unworkable, says House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), whose caucus refuses to go along with the bipartisan plan.

3 reasons why Congress should reject the payroll tax break

A partisan showdown is endangering an effort to extend a tax holiday for the middle class. But not everyone thinks that's a bad thing

 
Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Speaker John Boehner won't back a two-month extension of the payroll tax break, and 160 million American workers may see their taxes go up a full two percentage points as a result.

Will the House GOP kill the payroll tax break?

John Boehner and Co. vow not to back the Senate's two-month extension of the popular tax cut — and it may be too late to negotiate a new deal

 
Budget Battles : Instant Guide
House Democrats Reps. Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) hold a news conference on the "Do Nothing" Congress after a last minute deal was brokered to avert a government shutdown.

The deal averting a government shutdown: Who achieved what?

Congress reached an 11th-hour deal to keep federal agencies running. But the horse-trading isn't over

 
Budget Battles : The List
Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, and Democrats remain at an impasse over a deal to extend the payroll tax-cut.

4 ways to avoid a government shutdown

With Congress deadlocked over how to extend a payroll tax break, federal agencies are bracing for the possibility that they'll have to close their doors

 
Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid: Though House Republicans approved an extension of the payroll tax-cut, the initiative is likely to stall in the Senate.

Will the payroll tax fight shut down the government?

Democrats and Republicans reach a risky impasse over a popular tax break. And the clock is ticking

 
Budget Battles : The Bullpen
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: Americans don't really want spending cuts

Washington remains hyper-focused on slashing the deficit. But across the country, voters oppose even minor cuts to the federal government's largest programs

 
Budget Battles : Analysis
In an apparent win for Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Wednesday that the GOP would probably support an extension of the payroll tax cut.

Why the GOP caved in the payroll tax fight: 4 theories

Republicans are easing up on their opposition to the Democrats' push to extend a tax break for 160 million Americans. What made the GOP blink?

 
Budget Battles : Forecast
Members of Congress before the Thanksgiving recess: The House and Senate are set to battle over a long-term budget, unemployment benefits, and a payroll tax cut before Christmas.

Congress' 'wild final month': 5 predictions for December

A fight over unemployment insurance. Competing jobs bills. Averting a government shutdown. Clearly, Congress has one heck of a month in store

 
Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
President Obama called on Congressional Republicans to back his jobs plan, which would lower the payroll tax from 4.2 percent to 3.1 percent.

Should the GOP endorse Obama's payroll tax cut?

The president pressures Congress to back a key element of his jobs plan — and warns that failure will cost Americans hundreds of dollars each

 
Budget Battles : The Bullpen
Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey: One cheer for the super committee failure

Sure, the super committee blew it. But maybe now Congress will finally do its job

 
Budget Battles : The List
The super committee's failure to slash $1.2 trillion from future deficits may become a political advantage for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and President Obama, pundits predict.

6 people celebrating the super committee's collapse

Many in Washington emerge red-faced after failing to agree to any plan to cut the federal deficit. So why are some people smiling?

 
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

 
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