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DC Has A Budget. Everyone Gets Along Now, Right?

Monday, December 16, 2013

This week, the Senate is expected to take up the budget deal that passed the House last week with bipartisan support. Molly Ball, political reporter for The Atlantic, discusses the latest news out of Washington, whether this new budget agreement signals a new era for collaboration in DC, and what to make of John Boehner's willingness to call out conservative groups.

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Opinion: Don't Hold Your Breath for a Fiscal Cliff Fix

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I'd like to think that the positive sounding things that House Majority Leader John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama have been saying, but much of their comments include worrisome hedging.

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Opinion: Democrats Should Use Fiscal Cliff for Real Tax Change

Monday, November 12, 2012

Talking about a fiscal cliff is scary, which is how it's intended. But cutting essential services should be scarier than borrowing money at record low interest rates.

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Opinion: Democrats and Republicans Both Practice 'Fiscal Child Abuse'

Friday, May 11, 2012

The charlatans in office, Obama and the Romney campaign included, are going out of their ways to make the economic futures of their kids significantly worse.

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Opinion: What Obama Can Learn from Cuomo on Raising Taxes

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo proved something last week: it's possible to get Republicans to support revenue increases. Can President Obama do the same?

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Opinion: Schneiderman is our "Agressive Progressive," and He's Not Alone

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

We have all seen principled political voices get drowned out. What makes this different isn't that he's more passionate or more savvy -- it's that he's not alone. A network of progressive organizations have seen that he's a politician they can believe in and they have added their energy, insights and mailing lists to the cause.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Which Politicians Won the Debt Fight? Who Lost?

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

I just don't understand how anyone can justify putting themselves in the column that would prefer default, a loss of our triple A credit rating and an all but assured double dip recession, over voting for a deal that gave them most of what they wanted.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Takeaway

Lawmakers Begin New Round on Negotiations on Debt

Thursday, May 05, 2011

The president travels to Ground Zero in lower Manhattan today; but back in Washington the debate over the budget and debt ceilign continues. A bipartisan group of lawmakers will meet for the first time with Vice President Joe Biden to try to find an agreement on raising the debt limit. And as can be expected, there's a lot of jockeying and lowering of expectations. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich shares the latest.

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All Politics is National in Budget Vote

Friday, April 15, 2011

The House passed a yearlong spending bill on Thursday that would cut $39 billion from national spending. 179 Republicans and 81 Democrats voted for the measure, which will keep the government running until September. But the vote did a lot more than avert a shutdown. It laid bare, for the first time, a new dynamic at work in Congress. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains how the vote showed that sometimes all politics is not always local.

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Shutdown Showdown

Friday, April 08, 2011

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This fight is nothing, this is the sparring match before the main bout... As dramatic as a government shutdown sounds, we are in for a year of these kind of cliff-hanger debates.

Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Budget Battles

Friday, April 01, 2011

I’m going to vote for the bill that we in the House Republican Conference determine to be the best bill we can bring forward for the American people. It really is that simple. This is not about a number that is in the press today.

Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (NY-19) on the Brian Lehrer Show

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WNYC News

Lawmakers Work Into Night as Budget Protesters Take to Capitol

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

State lawmakers planned to work into the evening in an attempt to finish up the state budget one day before the deadline. Hundreds of protesters, upset with budget cuts, marched and chanted, and decried the near- shutdown of access to the Senate and Assembly chambers.

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Millionaire's Tax Giveback Proves No Progressives in Albany

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

If our "leaders" in Albany pass a budget that gives back $4.6 billion to the wealthiest residents of state - a state which already suffers extraordinary wealth disparity - it will say only a little about our governor, and much more about a weakened political culture in New York that has allowed our state to stray from its progressive past.

Governor Andrew Cuomo never pretended to like the income tax surcharge on New Yorker's wealthiest residents. During his campaign, he never claimed he'd extend it. Once elected, he made clear his intention to let it lapse. So it's no surprise that he worked out a budget deal that doesn't include it.

It's not a shock. But it is an outrage.

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Another Budget Concession for Dems?

Monday, March 28, 2011

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With less than two weeks left to compromise and avoid a government shutdown, Democrats are assembling another proposal with more concessions.

The Democrats proposal will have approximately $20 billion additional spending cuts that could soon be offered to Republicans, according to the Wall Street Journal. This proposal would come after $10 billion in enacted spending cuts for the year. Republicans are seeking a total of $61 billion in in budget cuts and are under pressure from the Tea Party to get all of these cuts through the gauntlet.

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Legislature Nears 'Conceptual Agreement' on Budget

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The leader of the State Senate says he expects a "conceptual agreement" on the state budget by midday Friday, one week before the March 31 deadline.

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Menendez on Libya, Energy, and the Budget

Monday, March 21, 2011

Robert MenendezU.S. Senator from New Jersey (D) and the author of Growing American Roots: Why Our Nation Will Thrive as Our Largest Minority Flourishes, talks about the U.S. intervention in Libya, gas prices, oil leases and the continuing budget battle in Washington.

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The Mix: Libya Escalation, Budget Gridlock, Nuclear Meltdown

Friday, March 18, 2011

It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. Voices are in bold, connections in italics.

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Congressman Explains GOP Schism Over Budget Battle

Friday, March 18, 2011

We're not repudiating leadership on the end game, we're just saying, 'We were sent here with a mission, the mission was to reign in spending, and we are going to be more conservative than others are in the Senate on this, so we want to push the bargaining position as far as we can.'

—Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ) talking about his "no" vote on the continuing resolution to fund the federal government for three more weeks on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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