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Going over the ‘fiscal cliff:’ How hard will we land?

Going over the ‘fiscal cliff:’  How hard will we land?

Efforts to save the nation from going over a year-end “fiscal cliff” were in disarray as lawmakers fled the Capitol for their Christmas break. “God only knows” how a deal can be reached now, House Speaker John Boehner declared. President Barack Obama, on his way out of town himself, insisted a bargain could still be […]

Lawmakers see ‘fiscal cliff’ deal slipping away

Lawmakers see ‘fiscal cliff’ deal slipping away

With anxiety rising as the country lurches towards a “fiscal cliff,” lawmakers are increasingly skeptical about a possible deal and some predict the best possibility would be a small-scale patch because time is running out before the yearend deadline. Sen. Joe Lieberman predicted Sunday: “We’re going to spend New Year’s Eve here, I believe.” Even […]

Congress shows more support for limitng size of gun magazines

Congress shows more support for limitng size of gun magazines

Lawmakers from both parties voiced their willingness Sunday to pursue some changes to the nation’s gun laws, but adamant opposition from the National Rifle Association has made clear than any such effort will face significant obstacles. NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre dismissed efforts to revive a ban on assault weapons as a “phony piece of legislation” […]

Gun enthusiasts flock to shows to buy new arms

Gun enthusiasts flock to shows to buy new arms

Gun enthusiasts thronged to shows around the country on Saturday to buy assault weapons they fear will soon be outlawed after a massacre of school children in Connecticut prompted calls for tighter controls on firearms. Reuters reporters went to gun shows in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Texas, and found long lines to get in the door, […]

Failure on ‘fiscal cliff’ issue could sink John Boehner

Failure on ‘fiscal cliff’ issue could sink John Boehner

John Boehner is a bloodied House speaker following the startling setback that his own fractious Republican troops dealt him in their “fiscal cliff” struggle against President Barack Obama. There’s plenty of internal grumbling about the Ohio Republican, especially among conservatives, and lots of buzzing about whether his leadership post is in jeopardy. But it’s uncertain […]

‘Fiscal cliff’ worries last minute shoppers

‘Fiscal cliff’ worries last minute shoppers

Retailers may not see a sales surge this weekend as ho-hum discounts and fears about imminent tax hikes and cuts in government spending give Americans fewer reasons to open their wallets in the last few days before Christmas. The acrimonious debate in Washington over how to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” is one of a […]

GOP policies led to ‘fiscal cliff’ meltdown

GOP policies led to ‘fiscal cliff’ meltdown

Republicans seem shocked by their party’s meltdown on the so-called fiscal cliff. They shouldn’t be. The uncompromising conservatives who blocked Speaker John Boehner‘s tax bill were merely sticking to policies that Boehner and nearly all other GOP leaders have pushed, without reservation, for years: It’s always wrong to raise tax rates on anyone, no matter […]