Peter Roff


December 2010


The Republicans' New House Rules

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The Republicans regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives by promising an end to business as usual. On Wednesday they announced a new set of rules governing the chamber’s procedures that are, according to incoming Speaker John Boehner’s office, “expansive in its reach, focused in its ...

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New Census Data Hurts Obama in 2012

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Things aren’t looking so good for President Barack Obama.

The tax deal he cut with congressional Republicans has created chaos on his left. His other victories--the stimulus package, the new healthcare law and the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell" policies--are discordant rather than ...

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Obama-GOP Tax Cut Deal on the Rocks

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Anyone who expected the deal to keep tax rates from rising to sail through Congress and to the President’s desk may be in for a big surprise.

The deal, announced earlier this week to keep tax rates from rising for another two years, is under fire from the left and from the right.

Liberals, who claim ...

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Tax Cut Deal Shows Obama Has to Work With GOP

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Washington is buzzing about the tax deal President Barack Obama and congressional leaders announced late Monday.

At its core, the deal as presented would extend almost all the current tax rates for two years, bring the death tax back at 35 percent with a $5 million exemption rather than 55 percent ...

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Democrats Are All Wrong on Bush Tax Cuts

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All those Democrats who think their class warfare arguments are carrying the day as far as the ongoing battle on Capitol Hill is concerned are barking up the wrong tree.

First, their premise is all wrong. This isn’t a fight over cutting taxes. It’s a fight over keeping the tax rates as they ...

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Reid, Harry
Schumer, Chuck

Game of Chicken on Bush Tax Cuts Holds Economy Hostage

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Just hours after the still Nancy Pelosi-run U.S. House of Representatives voted to extend the current tax rates for middle- and lower-income Americans--rather than keeping all the tax rates where they are on everyone as the Republicans want--negotiations to bring up similar measures in the U.S.

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Congressional Republicans Look to States for Solutions

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By all indications, the incoming Congressional GOP leadership will be looking to the states to provide answers to some of the nation’s most pressing questions. In the words of incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner, “Washington doesn’t have all the answers, and the best ideas usually come from ...

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Senate Republicans Hold Firm Against Obama Tax Hikes

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The split control of Congress produced by the November 2010 elections left some conservatives concerned that Republican senators would be less likely to stand firm on key issues than their counterparts in the incoming majority GOP House of Representatives.

Part of this is process driven. Individual ...

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