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Obama Praises Fiscal Cliff Bill, Warns of Looming Debt Ceiling Fight

President Obama says the passage of the "fiscal cliff" deal fulfills his promise to raise taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans and maintain tax cuts for the middle class.
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Republican Likens Reforming Social Security and Medicare to Robbing Banks

Outgoing Republican David Dreier likened entitlement reform to robbing banks, because "that's where the money is."
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Obama Holds Congress Accountable for Tax Agreement Delay

Obama told reporters, "...one thing we can count on with respect to this Congress is that if there's even one second left before you have to do what you're supposed to do, they will use that last second."
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No Deal: Social Security Upheld Despite 'Fiscal Cliff' Deadline

With Mitch McConnell as part of the negotiations there were only two options: either no deal at all, or a horrible deal that sought to balance the budget on the backs of the working poor, seniors and children while giving folks like Mitch McConnell a free pass.
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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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