Tom Diemer - Politics Daily
The morning after Congress approved a compromise $858 billion tax package compromise, a prominent Democratic lawmaker insisted President Obama was out-foxed by Republicans in a deal broadly extending Bush-era tax relief.
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) told the CBS "Early Show" that Senate and House Republicans turned out to be "better poker players" than the president.
Obama had wanted to limit the extension of income tax cuts to families earning no more than $250,000, but agreed to GOP demands to continue the current rates for all taxpayers -- even the wealthy. He also allowed a reduction in ...
Jill Lawrence - Politics Daily
Democrats now have two years to plan and execute their next strategy on taxes. Will they blow it again and blame each other for the mess?
Liberals may be outraged by the deal President Obama cut with Republicans, but what the heck did they expect him to do? To my mind, congressional Democrats abdicated their seat at the table the minute they left town in October without having voted on his signature issue: extending Bush-era tax cuts for household income below $250,000 (to help the middle class) and letting them expire on all income above that.
With the lower rates for all incomes set to r...
Steven Hoffer - AOL News
(Dec. 13) -- The Senate will proceed with a cloture vote Monday afternoon on the Obama tax deal that contains something that everyone is sure to hate.
The tax deal, a massive compromise that legislates a 13-month unemployment benefits extension for Americans out of work for up to 99 weeks in exchange for a two-year extension of the Bush tax cuts, requires 60 votes to move to final debate in the Senate.
Where do Washington's political factions stand on the deal? Surge Desk breaks down the debate.
The White House
Senior White House adviser David Axelrod visited three Sunday talk shows this w...
Patricia Murphy - Politics Daily
Even with liberals and some conservatives still venting their anger over the tax cut compromise struck between President Obama and Republican leaders last week, the Senate will forge ahead with a make-or-break vote on the package Monday afternoon.
On the table will be the legislation that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released late Thursday night, a massive package of extensions, cuts and increases to 2010 tax rates. Leaders will need 60 votes to move to a final debate on the measure Monday.
As the president outlined last week, the bulk of the bill is dedicated to extending the expiring...
Lauren Frayer - AOL News
(Nov. 4) -- Under pressure from U.S. and British officials, YouTube has removed sermons by a radical U.S.-born cleric linked to al-Qaida in Yemen who's accused of using the video-sharing site to seduce young Muslims into committing terrorist attacks.
Anwar al-Awlaki, 39, is believed to have trained Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian charged with trying to blow up an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day. He also allegedly exchanged e-mails with Maj. Nidal Hasan, who faces charges that he gunned down 13 fellow U.S. soldiers at a Texas military base a year ago.
The New Mexico-born cleri...
David Knowles - AOL News
(Aug. 6) -- The controversy over the proposed "ground zero mosque" has been bitterly divisive for some New Yorkers, to say the least. So it was more than a little shocking when on Friday, the construction plans managed to unite two of the city's greatest rivals together.
That's right, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Anthony Weiner, the New York congressman who previously flirted with challenging Bloomberg for his post, finally agree on something, at least according to Weiner's newly released letter supporting the impassioned speech Bloomberg gave Tuesday about religious tolerance.
"I honor you...
David Knowles - AOL News
(July 30) -- American politics is often a predictable spectacle, a never-ending series of rote talking points that can cause the average viewer's eyes to glaze over.
And then there's New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, among the most engaging partisan warriors to appear on the American scene in recent memory. Here are five of the Democrat's outbursts that have already become the stuff of legend, not to mention YouTube, starting with his latest headline-making blowup.
1. "It is a shame! A shame!"
On July 29, Weiner took to the House floor during a debate on whether to pass a bill to provide $7.4 ...
Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
When Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) weds fiance Huma Abedin this weekend, they might be overshadowed by the person officiating the ceremony: Bill Clinton.
Sources close to the couple told The Associated Press that the former president will preside Saturday at the wedding of the 45-year-old congressman and Abedin, a longtime aide of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The ceremony will take place at the Oheka Castle in Huntington on Long Island, the AP said.
The couple have been dating for about two years and last summer announced their plans to marry. Weiner is Jewish and Abedin, 34,...
David Corn - Politics Daily
The end is near, buy gold.
That's been right-wing talker Glenn Beck's advice to those who listen to his syndicated radio show and watch his Fox News show. You need to "think like a German Jew in 1934, maybe 1931," he has said -- and that means loading up on the yellow, shiny stuff, so that when economies and currencies collapse, you'll be able to buy food (or letters of transit).
Beck is free to give whatever economic advice to his fans, but he has blended his analysis with self-serving commerce, promoting a particular gold coin retailer called Goldline, which has too often ripped off custo...
David Sessions - Politics Daily
In a message posted on her Facebook page Sunday afternoon, Sarah Palin reiterated her call for supporters to "reload" in the battle against health care reform, a term that provoked controversy last week after critics accused her of inciting violence against members of Congress. Presenting her message as an exhortation to college basketball teams competing in March Madness, Palin stood her ground in using firearm imagery against the administration. "The crossfire is intense, so penetrate through enemy territory by bombing through the press, and use your strong weapons -- your Big Guns -- to dri...