W.H. pledges action this month.6:54 PM, Jan 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama will go for immigration reform and gun control this month, the White House tells the left-leaning Huffington Post. Obama's actions will reportedly be done "quickly."
4:27 PM, Jan 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a Republican, blasted Speaker of the House John Boehner for ending the congressional session before voting on the Hurricane Sandy relief bill.
5:27 AM, Jan 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
John Boehner delivered a sharp response to Harry Reid, who last week accussed the House speaker of running “dictatorship.” The top Republican reportedly told the top Senate Democrat, “Go f— yourself."
“What are you talking about?” Reid replied, at the White House.
"Go f— yourself," Boehner repeated.
Payroll tax hike.4:02 PM, Jan 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Deal or no deal, taxes are increasing for every single working American. And it appears no "fiscal cliff" proposal or provision being offered by the White House, Democrats, or Republicans will alter this fact.
The tax every working American will be hit with? The payroll tax increase.
12:15 PM, Jan 1, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The fiscal cliff deal that the Senate passed early this morning is ridiculous in too many ways to count. There seem to be no figures from the Congressional Budget Office and only "very preliminary" figures from the Joint Tax Committee about the real spending and revenue implications. The two month delay of the sequester will make actual governance even more difficult (how is the Pentagon supposed to plan for the rest of the year?).
1:43 PM, Dec 20, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senate majority leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, made his "fiscal cliff" position clear in a press conference today. "We are not going to do anything," said Reid.
Reid added, "We are not taking up anything they are working on over there."
The top Democrat in the Senate was explaining his inaction on the House plan, the proposal put forward by Republican John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives. Boehner's plan is being referred to as 'Plan B.'
11:36 AM, Dec 18, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
CNN reports, "US President Barack Obama offered to back away from his position that tax hikes should begin at $250,000 in annual income, delivering a fresh concession to congressional Republicans as talks to avert the fiscal cliff intensified in Washington."
1:31 PM, Dec 11, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
There is a lot of talk about whether Republicans should "give in" on raising taxes on the top 2 percent of income-earners.
12:12 PM, Dec 11, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Speaker John Boehner took to the House floor to address the "fiscal cliff" talks.
11:19 AM, Dec 11, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell blasted President Barack Obama from the Senate floor this morning for not offering any specifics on spending cuts.
"With the Fiscal Cliff fast-approaching, I feel the need to point out something this morning that’s perfectly obvious to most Americans, but which Democrats in Washington still don’t seem to grasp. I’m referring to the fact that any solution to our spending and debt problem has to involve cuts to out-of-control Washington spending," said McConnell.
12:20 PM, Dec 10, 2012 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
There is an increasing feeling that if President Obama’s insistence on my way or the highway produces “a plunge over the fiscal cliff,” catastrophes will follow, not least being a downgrading of our credit rating. Perhaps.
7:31 AM, Dec 3, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bill Kristol, with Mara Liasson, Ed Rollins, and Evan Bayh, yesterday on Fox News:
And here's the Internet-only aftershow:
12:14 PM, Nov 16, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
First off, it’s not a “fiscal cliff.” What we’re slated to hit as of New Year’s Day, as the Wall Street Journal notes, is a tax cliff. Our fiscal cliff, which drops off into a far deeper canyon, is what looms because of our $16,000,000,000,000 debt and the runaway entitlement spending that fuels it — Medicare, Medicaid, (and now) Obamacare. In truth, the debt deal passed in the summer of 2011 — which the press now says we must scrap if we are to avoid the “fiscal cliff” — was designed to postpone our going over the (actual) fiscal cliff.