Related Content: Democrat

Obama Blasts House GOP for Blocking Payroll Tax Cut Extension

On The Radar

While members of Congress point fingers at each other for gumming up the payroll tax cut, President Obama is watching the bickering from the White House--where he is apparently happy to spend the holiday season until a deal gets done. The rest of the Obama family has gone ahead to Hawaii for their pre-planned holiday trip. But aides say the president will continue to delay his vacation in hopes of inspiring House Republicans to take up a Senate-approved measure extending the tax cut beyond midnight New Year’s Eve.

House Rejects 2-Month Extension of Payroll Tax Cut

On The Radar

The Republican-controlled House on Tuesday rejected a Senate-approved two-month extension of a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits to millions of Americans, raising the likelihood that both will expire on Dec. 31.The House effectively adjourned for the year following the vote, and with the Senate out of town for the holiday, there is no resolution in sight on a legislative battle waged by House Republicans over the length of the benefits' extension. Both chambers can return to Washington at the call of party leaders if there is an agreement.

Jagged Maps Slice Up Old Alliances

On The Radar

Democratic Party officials in key states are fighting with leaders of one of their most dependable constituencies—African-American voters—as each tries to gain advantage from the redrawing of House district lines. In some of the disputes, black leaders find themselves allied with Republicans, a striking subplot to the once-a-decade redistricting process.
Read More

Congressman Barney Frank to Retire

On The Radar

CNBC's John Harwood has the details on Barney Frank's planned retirement from Congress.

All The King's Horses And All The King's Men

Gwen's Take

In the fine tradition of the well-executed post mortem, we now find ourselves in the season of the "tick tock" -- the well-reported explanations of how a big story unfolded.

We have been treated to the finest of the genre in the days since the President was finally able to put ink to paper and sign the much wrangled- over legislation to raise the nation's debt limit.

On the Radar: July 27, 2011

Legacy: On The Radar

Grand Bargains: Why they are so elusive

Gwen's Take

I’ve been afflicted this week with a disorienting sense of déjà vu that affects any reporter who has covered Washington long enough. Even the most consequential and operatic standoffs begin to seem eerily familiar.