Of Course the Norquist/GOP Story Was Bunk, Cont’d

By: Monday November 26, 2012 1:12 pm

I don’t feel like it needs to be reiterated from earlier today, but this flood of commentary about whether Republicans announced a trial separation from Grover Norquist was so overblown. And Saxby Chambliss, seen as the poster child for this separation (even though he’s been discussing a Gang of Eight deal that would increase tax [...]

The Norquist Rebellion: Not Actually News

By: Monday November 26, 2012 7:00 am

The big story I’m supposed to chase today concerns Republican legislative figures distancing themselves from the Grover Norquist pledge, opening the door a crack to increases in tax revenue. This is really a Washington process story about lobbying power rather than a legitimate policy evolution, however. Who are these rebels, anyway? Here’s a roster. You [...]

The Grand Confusion: The “Fiscal Cliff” Is an Austerity Program

By: Monday November 12, 2012 7:05 am

Paul Krugman explains the problem for all of the deficit scolds trying to use the fiscal it’s-not-a-cliff cliff as a forcing mechanism to cut the social safety net. The fiscal cliff poses an interesting problem for self-styled deficit hawks. They’ve been going on and on about how the deficit is a terrible thing; now they’re [...]

CEO’s Bold Plan to Fix the Debt By Lowering Their Own Taxes

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 9:15 am

Mark Warner and Saxby Chambliss are the two Senators most hopeful of replacing Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson should they ever die or meet a poor person and get a spark of empathy. Warner and Chambliss are charter members of the Gang of Six, now a Gang of Eight, who are hard at work on [...]

Gang of Eight Discusses Six-Month Punt for Fiscal Cliff

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 11:40 am

Yesterday, John Boehner appeared to wave a white flag on talks aimed at resolving the fiscal cliff. Harry Reid reacted to that with disappointment, saying that there’s still time for a deficit reduction deal. But the real endgame – at least for the lame duck session – is coming into focus. A bipartisan group of [...]

Warner, Chambliss Go Public with Their Cat Food Road Show

By: Tuesday March 8, 2011 1:10 pm

We already knew plenty about Warner-Chambliss, the move by two Senators to revive the cat food commission and push through the Bowles-Simpson report. Bowles and Simpson are giving them a hand with that with something called the “Moment of Truth Project,” in conjunction with the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a Pete Peterson outfit [...]

Grand Bargain Republicans Take Tax Increases Off the Table

By: Monday February 21, 2011 8:26 am

You may have heard about the power play by leading Senate Democrats to stop Dick Durbin from negotiating on Social Security in the “grand bargain” Gang of Six talks. But there was also some power play action on the right as well, between the anti-tax movement leader Grover Norquist and the Republicans negotiating on the [...]

Warner-Chambliss Calls for $4 Trillion in Deficit Reduction

By: Monday January 24, 2011 7:43 am

The reason I’m tickled by the President’s State of the Union message is that I see the potential alternative, one that nods to an austere deficit reduction document like what Mark Warner and Saxby Chambliss are cooking up. U.S. Sen. Mark Warner is about to heed his own admonition that Congress “put up or shut [...]

Warner-Chambliss: The New Catfood

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 10:02 am

Senators Mark Warner and Saxby Chambliss have re-animated the Catfood Commission, and plan to introduce a bill based on its recommendations in the next Congress. Two senators pledged on Monday to offer bipartisan legislation next year that reflected proposals to slash the federal budget deficit submitted this month by a presidential commission. “Taking the commission’s [...]

Austerity Grand Bargain Feared Between Republicans, White House

By: Monday December 20, 2010 6:57 am

Robert Kuttner articulated a growing rumor that’s been floating around in liberal circles, something that the Obama Administration has actually telegraphed since the beginning of the Presidential term: The tax deal negotiated by President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is just the first part of a multistage drama that is [...]

Stupak Working With GOP Leadership To Undermine Abortion Language

By: Saturday December 19, 2009 11:08 am

Ben Smith has an explosive story: An aide to Rep. Bart Stupak (D. Mich.) coordinated opposition to a Senate compromise on the place of abortion in health care legislation this morning with the Republican Senate leadership, the Conference Catholic Bishops, and other anti-abortion groups, according to a chain of frantic emails obtained this morning by [...]

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