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Post-Thanksgiving, Pre-Cliff Politics

Monday, November 26, 2012

John Heilemann, political reporter for New York Magazine, discusses the latest in the negotiations over the "fiscal cliff" and whether Republicans and Democrats can find enough common ground on tax deduction reform.

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5 Things We Learned From Obama’s First-in-Five-Months Press Conference

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Until Wednesday, President Obama hadn't faced questions from a room full of reporters since June. What did they want to know?

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WATCH | President Obama Addresses 'Fiscal Cliff'

Friday, November 09, 2012

At 1 p.m. Friday afternoon, President Obama will make his first comments on economic policy since the election. The president is expected to address the "fiscal cliff" the nation will face in January.

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Opinion: The Senate Let Bush Tax Cuts Expire and All We Got Was This Lousy Economy

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb and Independent Joe Lieberman were right to vote against President Obama's political play to allow the tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year to expire in a few months.

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Opinion: Guess Who Hates Obama's Tax on the Super Rich? The Super Rich

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

It's hard to outspend people whose excessive fortunes rely on them outspending you.

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What We Learned from Obama's Tax Speech

Monday, July 09, 2012

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.

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Watch: President Obama on Tax Cut Extension

Monday, July 09, 2012

President Barack Obama delivered a statement from the White House on Monday where he called on Congress to extend the Bush-era tax cuts to families making less than $250,000 a year. 

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Debt Committee Impasse May Keep Deficit Talks Going Through 2013

Monday, November 14, 2011

If they find anything [by the deadline], it's going to be window dressing...I think they could come up with something, but not anywhere near the level most economists say needs to happen in order to get this country back on a fiscal sustainable path.

Politico congressional reporter Manu Raju on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Explainer: What Ron Paul's Trillion-Dollar Spending Cuts Axe (and What They Don't)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ron Paul wants to slash government spending by $1 trillion, and he doesn't want to waste any time.

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Big Ideas to Fix The Economy: Tax the Rich

Thursday, August 18, 2011

This week we’ve been asking listeners to suggest big ideas on how to fix the economy. We’ve discussed raising inflation, boosting housing prices, and capping total compensation for CEOs at $5 million. Today we're talking about another idea: taxing the rich. The Bush Tax Cuts essentially mean that if you make money with money, you pay less in taxes. And if you make money from a job, you pay more. Economists and tax analysts agree that the cuts disproportionately benefit the richest Americans. And some wealthy Americans — including Warren Buffett — are calling for the rich to be taxed at a higher rate.

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The Fiscal Impact of Obama's Budget Speech

Thursday, April 14, 2011

To those people paying the bill, those people under 55, we say, 'You don't get Medicare. You get something less generous, but we don't have any choice.' I think it's deeply unfair to make that big divide and say, 'I've got this great plan, it's really great, it won't harm you, it will save vast amounts of money—but don't worry: so long as you're 55, you won't have to be any part of it.'

David Leonhardt, writer of the "Economic Scene" column for the New York Times, discussing Paul Ryan's budget on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Budget Showdowns, Government Shutdowns, and Paul Ryan's Proposal

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

You need to take on entitlements, but you also need to deal with the revenue side of picture. The fact that [Rep. Paul Ryan] left the Bush tax cuts intact certainly skews the program such that people who come out better are people who are richer, and people being asked to shoulder the burden are those on the lower end of the income scale.

John Heileman, national affairs editor for New York magazine, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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For Liberals, Little Comfort in Tax Cut Compromise

Friday, December 10, 2010

I think the Democrats need to draw a line in the sand now. They were real wimps during the election and Republicans were all about the deficit, the deficit, the deficit. And now they want to give all this money to the top one percent. It's crap! I heard so many people complain about bailouts. They should be crying about giving all this money to rich people.

- Linda, a caller disappointed by President Obama's tax cut compromise, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Will the Tea Party Settle for Compromise?

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

There's no question that they want to keep their promises, myself included. The reality is that sometimes you have to play the cards that you're dealt. I don't think it's prudent to say, 'I promised I wouldn't do this, so I'm going to stand on that promise at the cost of massively hurting the economy and hurting the people I represent much more than by compromising to some extent.'

-Michael Grimm, Representative-elect from Staten Island, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Why the Tax Cut Compromise was a Missed Opportunity

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

While resolution of the tax cuts is critical for working families across the nation, we must also ensure that we remain one of the world's dynamic, competitive, and prosperous economies. In order to do so, we must fundamentally reform our education system, overhaul our broken immigration system, and make sure we honor our nation's values of equality and freedom.

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Tax Cut Myths and Other Obama-Induced Fantasies

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

With his compromise on extending the Bush tax cuts, the president has admitted that tax cuts do stimulate the economy. After trying all the liberal solutions—which include spending, spending, and more spending—the president is turning to the only thing that works to get our country moving again: letting people keep more of the money they earn.

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Tax Cuts Compromise: 'The Path of Least Resistance'

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

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On the one hand, Obama needed to answer to the Republicans and on the other hand he needed to answer to his liberal base. And what he did is he came up with a compromise that gives something to both sides at the cost of adding massively to the debt so in the short run the easy course is to make everybody happy... in the long run of course that's unsustainable.

- Peter Coy, Economics Editor at Bloomberg BusinessWeek onThe Brian Lehrer Show

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Play Nice if You're Playing to Win 2012

Friday, December 03, 2010

Going into 2012, obstructionism isn't a winning strategy for Republicans or for the President. People are paying attention now to how well the kids are playing together in the sandbox, and the most prized toy in 2012 will again be the independent vote. Independents want bipartisanship not because they want the parties to work together philosophically, but because they want to see our system of representative democracy produce results. The party that is seen as the greatest obstacle to productivity will get ousted in 2012.

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