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Van Hollen: Boehner stringing out ‘fiscal cliff’ talks because of GOP politics

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, said Speaker of the House John Boehner might have to bring a plan to the table that could pass without majority support from the Republican caucus, but he expressed concern as to whether Boehner would make such a move before the official vote for Speaker on Jan. 3 [Read More]

Stale debate on tax rates has diminishing returns

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Republican Ronald Reagan and Democrat John F. Kennedy, icons of their parties, both called for lower income tax rates to boost growth. The GOP has not let go of the idea since. Nor has President Obama, who despite calling for a higher tax rate on high earners, would preserve the vast bulk of the 2001 [...] [Read More]

What Obama and Romney must accomplish at next debate

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After wilting under the heat of Mitt Romney’s attacks in the first presidential debate in Denver, Barack Obama is hoping to rebound with an improved performance at their second encounter on Tuesday.So what do Obama and Romney need to accomplish in their debate at Hofstra University in New York? Here are five goals of each candidate. [Read More]

Chris Murphy unveils new TV ad in campaign for U.S. Senate, charging that Linda McMahon is threat to middle class

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Heading into Sunday’s big debate, US Rep. Chris Murphy launches a new ad today. Here’s the transcript: “I’m the son of a public school teacher. I was taught to work hard and play by the rules. But there’s a problem in Connecticut today. People like Linda McMahon – they create their own rules. Enriching themselves […] [Read More]

Murphy, McMahon continue sparring on Social Security, Medicare, as Sunday morning debate gets closer

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MERIDEN – Sensing an opening in his political street fight with Republican Linda McMahon, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy on Wednesday continued to punch away on earlier remarks she made to conservative Tea Party members on ending Social Security. During a campaign stop at the Meriden Center, a Genesis HealthCare nursing home and short-term rehab center, […] [Read More]

Biden gaffe=Romney debate day gift (VIDEO)

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Denver – Team Romney received a gift-wrapped present from VP Joe Biden to show off on Debate Day: Biden’s latest gaffe. Joe – or “Joey” as the VP’s dad liked to call him — was riffing on the prospect of Romney-Ryan raising taxes on the middle class at a campaign event in North Carolina, when [...] [Read More]