Category: White House
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(For more on the fiscal cliff negotiations check out David’s discussion with Charlie Mitchell, #TAN Editor-in-Chief, in the first half hour of last week’s radio show here or continue on.)
Listen closely and you can hear the sounds of a “fiscal cliff” deal NOT coming together. The first week of the lame-duck Congress brought multiple pledges of bipartisan cooperation from President Obama and congressional Republican and Democratic leaders. But there has been very little – if any – movement in the two sides’ positions, which, in fact, may be hardening prior to the serious negotiating sessions expected to begin after Thanksgiving.
Republican nominee Mitt Romney was proclaimed the winner of the Oct. 3 presidential debate by wide swaths of the media, while President Obama’s performance was criticized by his own allies. On a policy level, however, Romney’s comments on Medicare, health care in general and taxes appeared to represent a significant shift to the center – and away from the alliance he’s tried to nurture with the tea party movement. This, more than Obama’s downcast demeanor, is likely to carry real implications for the rest of the presidential contest.
The presidential debate is likely to get around to the looming fiscal disaster that will usher in the New Year unless Congress and the White House reach a deal to prevent an automatic tax increase on practically every American family.
President Obama this week gave the type of enthusiastic shout-out to healthcare reform that many supporters have been awaiting for two years. But Friday’s disappointing jobs report makes clear that the president’s electoral fortunes hang on employment — and offering a vision for future economic strength.
The House today took the unprecedented step of holding the attorney general of the United States in contempt, but there may be less here than meets the eye. House Republicans who crafted the Contempt of Congress resolution included two ways to compel Attorney General Eric Holder to comply and turn over documents related to the “Fast & Furious” gun-tracking program. First, the matter will be turned over to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, who is unlikely to haul his boss – Holder – into court.
House Republicans are edging toward a vote on a Contempt of Congress citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, but many liberals and conservatives believe the internal Obama administration documents that Republicans want aren’t really the point.