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Boehner Calls Off Plan B Vote, Short of GOP Support

Fiscal cliff gets a little more chaotic

(Newser) - Just what the fiscal cliff needed: more chaos and drama. House Republicans called off tonight's vote on John Boehner's Plan B legislation because he didn't have the support to pass it from within his own party, reports the Hill . The bill, which would have extended the Bush-era... More »

Boehner to Obama: Let's Make a Deal

He's willing to accept 'new revenue' but not higher tax rates

(Newser) - It seems like a start anyway. John Boehner and the White House are at least talking about talking in regard to a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff , reports the Wall Street Journal .
  • Boehner: “For purposes of forging a bipartisan agreement that begins to solve the problem, we’re
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Romney's Real Foe: This Guy

Ezra Klein: His policies are depressingly similar to George Bush's

(Newser) - Romney's biggest problem this election season isn't Barack Obama; it's George W. Bush, argues Ezra Klein at Bloomberg . It's Bush, not Obama, "who has made voters skeptical of many of Romney's core policies." Yet when asked directly how he contrasted with Bush at... More »

The Payroll Tax Cut Is Doomed

No matter who wins in November

(Newser) - No matter who wins in November, your taxes are probably going up next year. That's because Congress has basically no interest in extending the payroll tax holiday that was so hotly contested earlier this year, the New York Times reports. Negotiators are fixated on the so-called "fiscal cliff,... More »

Romney Tax Plan 'Mathematically Impossible'

Non-partisan analysis says numbers don't add up

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has said that he has an economic plan and he's "not afraid to put it on the table." But the truth is that "the only thing he has put on table is dessert," writes Ezra Klein on Bloomberg . Romney says he'll cut... More »

White House: Stubborn GOP Will Cost You $1,600

Democrats, Republicans trade tax cut barbs

(Newser) - In its ongoing effort to extend the Bush tax cuts for (and only for) the bottom 98% of households, the White House today released a report calculating that the average family making less than $250,000 a year would see their taxes go up $1,600 if a deal isn'... More »

Tax the Rich: Popular in Theory, Not Practice

Republicans manage to fool most voters: Steve Kornacki

(Newser) - Raising taxes on the rich is a popular idea, always performing well when people are polled about it. So why is it so hard to actually put into practice? Because most people don't understand what's actually going on, and the Republicans are to blame for that, explains Steve... More »

Obama Fires Volley in War Over Taxes

Mitt Romney's rep calls it a 'dishonest attack'

(Newser) - President Obama publicly made his case today for extending middle-class tax cuts and scorned Mitt Romney's tax plans for targeting the middle class, Politico reports. "We don't need a president who's going to give himself a tax break, we need a president who's going to... More »

The Tax Rate You Paid in 2009 Was Lowest in 30 Years

Tax cuts plus falling incomes behind drop, CBO says

(Newser) - Anti-tax protesters were a major political force in 2009—which also happens to be the year Americans paid the lowest share of their income to the federal government in at least 30 years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. A CBO analysis released yesterday found that the average tax... More »

Romney on Taxes: I'd Kill These Deductions

At $2M fundraiser, Romney also pledges cuts to HUD, education

(Newser) - Having pretty much wrapped up the GOP nomination for president, but still months away from the party convention, Mitt Romney used his "spring break" for fundraising—pulling in a hefty $2 million in events yesterday alone, reports MSNBC . Yesterday afternoon, a reception at the $14 million home of investment... More »

House Won't Pass 2-Month Payroll Tax Cut: Boehner

Will instead call for quick talks on one-year extension

(Newser) - The House will reject a Senate-approved plan to extend the payroll tax cut for two months, John Boehner said at a news conference today. The House's plan: to call for immediate negotiations on a yearlong extension that could create "certainty for people who are trying to create jobs,... More »

House Passes Doomed Version of Payroll Tax Cut

It links cut to oil pipeline, will likely die in Senate

(Newser) - Defiant Republicans passed legislation tonight to extend Social Security payroll tax cuts long sought by President Barack Obama—but they included a much-disputed Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline that has drawn a veto threat. The vote was 234-193. The bill now goes to near-certain demise in the Democratic-controlled Senate, triggering the final... More »

Obama's Payroll Tax Cut Weapons: Clock, Calculator

See how much time we have left, how much money you could owe

(Newser) - President Obama is pushing hard for the extension of the payroll tax cut, and has two weapons to aid him in his quest: a doomsday clock and a calculator. The countdown clock has been set up in the White House press room and appears, conveniently, behind the podium. The video... More »

Obama Pushes Payroll Tax Cut Amid GOP Split

President puts pressure on Congress to act

(Newser) - President Obama wants voters to get involved in the debate over extending the reduced payroll tax, and he's asking them to tell members of Congress to keep the cut in place. "Let your members of Congress know where you stand," Obama said today in his weekly radio... More »

2 Americans Win Nobel Prize in Economics

Thomas Sargent, Christopher Sims studied effects of tax cuts, interest rate hikes

(Newser) - Americans Thomas Sargent and Christopher Sims won the Nobel economics prize today "for their empirical research on cause and effect in the macroeconomy," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced. The prize committee said the winners have developed methods for answering questions such as how economic growth and... More »

Former AmEx CEO to Buffett: I Pay Enough Taxes

Harvey Golub rebuts Warren Buffett's argument

(Newser) - Former AmEx CEO Harvey Golub is wealthy, just like Warren Buffett, but unlike Buffett, he has no desire to fork over a larger portion of his income to the federal government. How dare Buffett assume he’s “coddled” with low taxes, writes Golub in the Wall Street Journal , when... More »

So What's in the Debt Deal?

$1T in cuts now with more later—and a 'trigger' to ensure a second deal

(Newser) - No revenues, big budget cuts—what exactly is in the debt-ceiling deal? Ezra Klein sums it up in the Washington Post : $1 trillion in immediate cuts with at least $1.5 trillion more to come; a vote on a balanced budget amendment; and an immediate $900 billion increase to the... More »

Happy Birthday, Bush Tax Cuts: You're a Total Failure

By every metric, the cuts delivered less than promised

(Newser) - This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Bush tax cuts, and Annie Lowrey of Slate is looking for reasons to celebrate. Unfortunately, she can’t find any. They’re “a failure in every conceivable way,” she writes. In 2001, Bush promised the cuts would create jobs, generate... More »

Dems, GOP Back Push to Cut Corporate Tax Rate

Bipartisan support builds behind effort to close loopholes

(Newser) - With deficit reduction on the agenda and America's corporations sitting on a record amount of cash, Democrats and Republicans have found something they agree on: It's time to slash the corporate tax rate. Bipartisan support is building for plans to eliminate many loopholes and tax breaks and use... More »

Walter Mondale: We Must Raise Taxes

It's a politically risky but necessary for the country, says former VP

(Newser) - Walter Mondale returns to a familiar theme in a Washington Post op-ed: "We will not be able to control our budget deficits without raising taxes," he declares in the first sentence. As Mondale himself acknowedges, he's become the poster boy for why candidates should never bring up... More »

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