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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Moderates, Independents on Obama & Bloomberg

Thursday, December 09, 2010

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Tea Partiers are upset with establishment Republicans for striking a deal with the president. Obama called out the liberal Democratic base for criticizing his tax compromise. And in a speech yesterday, Mike Bloomberg attempted to find a common ground between the two sides on economic issues. We want to hear from moderates and convervatives – who is talking to you? What do you make of the tax compromise, Bloomberg’s speech, and more? Solomon Kleinsmith, a centrist independent blogger, provides insight from the perspective of the moderate middle.

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Congressman-Elect Grimm on Tax Compromise

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

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Michael Grimm, newly elected congressman from NY-13, which includes Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, talks about the new compromise between the Obama administration and congressional Republicans on the Bush tax cuts.

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Tax Cut Compromise

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Michael Scherer, White House Correspondent for TIME, and Peter Coy, economics editor at Bloomberg BusinessWeek, discuss the deal struck between Obama and Senate Republicans on extending the Bush Tax Cuts.

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The Takeaway

Kennedy, Reagan, Bush, Obama: A History of the Tax Cut

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Bush-era tax cuts will be high on the agenda when the lame duck Congress reconvenes today. The cuts are scheduled to expire next year, but Republicans are pushing for the extension of both the "middle class" breaks, as well as those for couples earning more than $250,000 a year. They cite the huge budget deficit and a shaky economy as reasons to keep the cuts. Similar arguments led to prior historic tax cuts, from two politicians of different eras, parties and temperaments: John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.

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Cutting the Tax Cuts

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Jake Tapper, senior White House correspondent for ABC News, discusses what the House Democrats are thinking about the Bush Tax Cuts.

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The Takeaway

Bush's Tax Cuts: Not Going Away Without a Fight

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Remember President George W. Bush's tax cuts back in 2001 and 2003, which were met with much hatred by Democrats? Well, those tax cuts are about to expire. However, this is not necessarily good news for Democrats. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, sees Democrats somewhere in between a rock and a hard place. They can't easily allow taxes to go back up when the economy is still struggling; at the same time, they can't watch the deficit continue to rise if the cuts stay. To make things more complicated, these tax cut decisions need to be made during an election year.

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