Barack Obama

Congress pontificated against earmarks, then then packed bill with pork

Congress pontificated against earmarks, then then packed bill with pork

More than two dozen senators — most of them Republicans — put hundreds of homestate projects in the $1.3 trillion bill to fund the federal government even though they recently voted to ban so-called earmarks. The effort to pass the 1,924-page bill collapsed Thursday night after complaints by conservatives over its complexity and size and […]

Next up: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’

Next up: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’

The Senate was headed toward a landmark vote Saturday on legislation that would let gays serve openly in the military, testing waning opposition among Republicans and putting Democrats within striking distance of overturning “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Passage would be a historic victory for President Barack Obama, who made repeal of the 17-year-old law a […]

Weiner raps Obama on tax deal

Weiner raps Obama on tax deal

A prominent Democratic opponent of the tax cut package passed by Congress says Republicans got the better of President Barack Obama in the negotiations to reach agreement on the $858 billion deal. Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner of New York says Republicans turned out to be “better poker players” than the president. He told CBS‘ Early […]

Congress goes into urgent mode; rushes to make it come for the holidays

Congress goes into urgent mode; rushes to make it come for the holidays

Rushing to finish by Christmas, congressional Democrats worked Friday to secure Senate ratification of a new arms control treaty and to end the military’s ban on openly gay service members as they neared the end of two tumultuous years of single-party government. Legislation to keep the federal government running until mid- to late February was […]

So, what does this tax bill stuff really mean for you?

So, what does this tax bill stuff really mean for you?

The new tax law signed by President Barack Obama Friday will spare millions of Americans from a big tax increase on Jan. 1. It also includes a new cut in Social Security payroll taxes next year. A look at how typical taxpayers will fare in 2011: ___ Taxpayer: A single person with no children, making […]

Obama claims tax deal will help middle class

Obama claims tax deal will help middle class

President Barack Obama says a tax cut package that’s about to become law will give a much-needed holiday-season boost to middle class Americans and spur the ailing economy. The president called the deal “real money that’s going to make a real difference in people’s lives.” Obama spoke Friday before signing the $858 billion bill that […]

Obama’s tax bill means nothing to long-term jobless

Obama’s tax bill means nothing to long-term jobless

The tax-cut bill President Barack Obama is expected to sign Friday renews benefits for millions of unemployed people. But it does nothing for hundreds of thousands who have been out of work so long they’ve used up all benefits available to them. In the 25 states with unemployment of at least 8.5 percent, people can […]

Surprise waiting for 13.4 million taxpayers in new bill

Surprise waiting for 13.4 million taxpayers in new bill

About 13.4 million taxpayers may be getting unexpected tax bills because they were awarded too much money under President Barack Obama‘s Making Work Pay tax credit, a government audit said Thursday. The tax credit, which expires Jan. 1, was designed to increase take-home pay by about $8 a week through new tax withholding tables. The […]

The fix is in and headed to Obama for signature

The fix is in and headed to Obama for signature

A massive bipartisan tax package preventing a big New Year’s Day tax hike for millions of Americans is on its way to President Barack Obama for his signature Friday. The measure would extend tax cuts for families at every income level, renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and enact a new one-year cut in […]

Larry King hangs up his crown

Larry King hangs up his crown

Early last June, CNN celebrated 25 years of “Larry King Live” with a week of shows whose A-list guests included President Barack Obama, LeBron James, Bill Gates and Lady Gaga. It was hyped to the hilt and suitably eventful, even as King and Lady Gaga regarded each other with the bemusement of a human encountering […]