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Cliff Hanger: Obama’s Last Stand with Republicans Over 'Fiscal Cliff'

House Speaker John Boehner’s failure to persuade rank-and-file House Republicans to raise taxes even on millionaires fits the fanatic’s strategy exactly. Boehner can now credibly claim he has no choice in the matter — Republican fanatics in the House have tied his hands and manacled his feet — so the only way to avoid going over the cliff is for Obama and the Democrats to make more concessions.
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70% of NC Residents Favor Filibuster Reform

Under current Senate rules, it’s staggeringly easy for important legislation to be derailed. Just the threat of a filibuster by a minority of senators can stop a bill in its tracks — and we’ve seen it happen over and over. In 2009, the American Clean Energy and Security Act — which would have represented substantial progress in addressing the climate crisis — died in the Senate under the threat of a filibuster. Over the past six years, almost 400 Senate bills have stalled this way.
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Leaping Lizards: Democrats Could Avoid the Cliff with Majority Vote

In case the public weren't frustrated enough over Congress' failure to resolve the "fiscal cliff," consider this: lawmakers probably could enact a compromise quickly and easily if Republican leaders let Democrats provide most of the votes.
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Congress Breaks for Christmas During Contentious Tax Talks

If New Year's Day arrives without a deal, the nation shouldn't plunge onto the shoals of recession immediately. There still might be time to engineer a soft landing. So long as lawmakers and the president appear to be working toward agreement, the tax hikes and spending cuts could mostly be held at bay for a few weeks. Then they could be retroactively repealed once a deal was reached.
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Filibuster Reform on the Front Burner

In Thursday’s Wall Street Journal, Republican Sen. John Barrasso has an irate oped intended to rally the public against Democratic proposals to end filibuster abuse. But in his tirade he neglects to mention one important fact: the Democratic proposals still allow minority filibusters.
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Boehner to Obama: Let's Discuss Plan B

House Speaker John Boehner is proposing a 'Plan B' option to keep taxes from increasing on people making less than $1 million on Jan. 1.
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Obama Prepares for GOP Debt Ceiling Fight

The Republicans are losing the fiscal cliff tax battle but believe they'll have the upper hand in the debt ceiling fight. Sources say that Obama is anticipating this..
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Pelosi Challenges GOP to Work More Than Two Days Per Week

Congress could vote Friday to preserve tax cuts for income of $250,000 or less, except for two little snags: Republican leadership won't let the bill come up for a vote and John Boehner's Congress only works two days per week and they've already put in their time this week.
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Pelosi Asks Congress to Sign Discharge Petition to Force Tax Vote

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi wants members of Congress to sign what is known as a "discharge petition" to force a vote on keeping taxes at current levels for people making under $250,000.
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VA Residents Rally To End Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy

The activists gathered at Congressman Forbes’ Chesapeake to hear from community members on the issue before going door-to-door to urge neighbors to contact their representative.
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