Politics

6:22am

Tue November 27, 2012
Analysis

Taxes Aren't The Only Snag In Budget Talks

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 7:31 am

Renee Montagne talks with Wall Street Journal economics editor David Wessel about the issues separating President Obama and congressional Republicans in the high-stakes budget talks.

5:30am

Tue November 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Fiscal Cliff Compromise: Devil Is In The Definition Of Revenue

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 12:29 pm

A grand bargain, a compromise to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, could all come down to one word: revenue. It's now widely agreed that steering away from the cliff — the combination of spending cuts and tax increases set to hit at the start of the year — will require some combination of revenue increases and spending cuts. The central sticking point could well be whether President Obama and Congress can agree on the definition of revenue.

At the moment, the casual observer could easily get the sense that the president and Republicans in Congress are talking past each other.

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5:51pm

Mon November 26, 2012
It's All Politics

GOP Pushback On No-Tax Norquist: Less Than Meets The Eye

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 10:00 am

Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform, speaks on Nov. 5, 2011, in Washington, D.C.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

A handful of congressional Republicans after finishing their Thanksgiving dinners decided to give anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist the brushoff, saying they wouldn't abide by his "no new taxes" pledge as they work on a budget deal.

Breathless coverage ensued.

"Move over, Grover?" read one headline.

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4:56pm

Mon November 26, 2012
It's All Politics

New 'War On Christmas' Takes A Fiscal-Cliff Twist

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 7:19 pm

The Christmas shopping season could be harmed if the fiscal cliff fight depresses consumer confidence, according to a new report from Obama administration economists.
Andrew Kelly Getty Images

In past years, conservatives have used the phrase "war on Christmas" to liberally accuse liberals of trying to ruin the holiday through political correctness and anti-religiousness.

This year, it's the Obama White House warning that Republicans are a threat to Christmas or, more precisely, the part of the economy that relies on the holiday shopping season — retail sales.

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4:48pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Television

Comedians Parody Two Sides Of President Obama

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 6:18 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have an avid following for their weekly show, "Key and Peele" on Comedy Central. They've parodied everything from the names of black athletes to white people with dreadlocks. This year, the duo set their sights on the presidential campaign and examined the role that race played in it.

NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates has that story.

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4:48pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Politics

Fiscal Cliff Talks Resume As Deadline Ticks Closer

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 6:18 pm

Negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff remained low-key in the first day of congressional work following the Thanksgiving holiday. Tamara Keith talks to Melissa Block.

4:19pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Business

A Jolly Christmas? Retailers Count The Extra Days

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 8:49 am

Shoppers line up in a Best Buy store in Rockville, Md., during a Black Friday sale. Thanksgiving weekend sales jumped nearly 13 percent from last year, the National Retail Federation says.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

For merchants, the stars are lining up — at least so far.

Online shopping jumped more than 28 percent on Cyber Monday compared with a year ago, according to IBM Benchmark. And the National Retail Federation says Thanksgiving weekend spending shot up to $59.1 billion, nearly 13 percent more than last year's $52 billion.

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4:15pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Political Junkie

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 5:40 pm

Ken Rudin collection

It costs $143.70 for an up close center-court ticket to see the Washington Wizards, D.C.'s purported professional basketball team that has yet to win a game after 11 starts.

It costs nothing to play ScuttleButton, America's favorite button puzzle game.

So which is the better deal?

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12:14pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Politics

Republicans Consider Breaking Tax Vow

Congress comes back to work this week and the fiscal cliff is its top priority. Some Republicans have said they'll break a longstanding pledge not to raise taxes. Host Michel Martin talks politics with columnist Mary Kate Cary of U.S. News and World Report and The Root's political correspondent Keli Goff.

6:33am

Mon November 26, 2012
Political Junkie

The Tragedy Of The Demise Of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 7:20 pm

Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned his House seat last Wednesday amid health and ethics concerns.
Charles Dharapak AP

It is always sad to watch a once-highly regarded public official, with seemingly unlimited potential, self-destruct. It's even sadder when that person offering so much hope represented a congressional district that has long been suffering economically, that desperately needed advocates on its behalf, and where the two previous incumbents left a trail of shame.

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