November 2012

Nov 30, 2012

Can Obama deliver on his education-to-jobs proposal?

By Fawn Johnson, National Journal

President Obama is among the throng of public officials who tout education as the path to economic success. “Education was the gateway to opportunity for me. It was the gateway for Michelle. And now, more than ever, it is the gateway to a middle-class life,” he said at the Democratic National Convention in September.

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Charities fight to keep tax break on donations

By Naftali Bendavid, Wall Street Journal

In 2011, the nation's biggest charities swung into action to oppose President Barack Obama using limits on tax deductions to help pay for a jobs bill. Warning that such a move would hurt charitable giving, they prevailed, and Democrats looked elsewhere.

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GOP calls White House cliff offer a non-starter

By Susan Davis and Aamer Madhani, USA Today

House Speaker John Boehner flatly rejected a $4 trillion Obama administration plan to avoid going over the fiscal cliff that was presented by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in a private meeting Thursday.

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Obama makes fresh demands on ‘fiscal cliff’

By Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane, The Washington Post

President Obama offered Republicans a detailed plan Thursday for averting the year-end “fiscal cliff” that calls for $1.6 trillion in new taxes, $50 billion in fresh spending on the economy and an effective end to congressional control over the size of the national debt.

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Obama taking "fiscal cliff" fight to the public

With Major Garrett, CBS News

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Nov 29, 2012

U.S. weighs bolder effort to intervene in Syria’s conflict

By David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt, The New York Times

The Obama administration, hoping that the conflict in Syria has reached a turning point, is considering deeper intervention to help push President Bashar al-Assad from power, according to government officials involved in the discussions.

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The $4 trillion 'fiscal cliff' solution

With Eamon Javers, CNBC

Eamon Javers discusses how President Obama hopes that a fiscal cliff solution can be reached before Christmas.

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Holiday hysteria

By Major Garrett, National Journal

If there is one redeeming feature of the otherwise gutless and indolent sequestration process, it is the underappreciated component of hysteria.

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‘Fiscal cliff’ talks bogged down by dispute over cost of retirement programs

By Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderman

Negotiations to avert the year-end “fiscal cliff” advanced at a glacial pace Wednesday, with a dispute over how to tackle the soaring cost of federal retirement programs emerging as the latest roadblock to progress.

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Obama tilts tax debate away from spending cuts

By Peter Baker, The New York Times

President Obama surrounded himself with taxpayers on Wednesday to pitch his plan to preserve current rates for the middle class and raise them for the wealthy. A day before, he met with small-business owners for the same purpose. On Friday, he plans to fly to Pennsylvania to tour a factory to make the same point.

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Nov 28, 2012

Jeb Bush talks education, but politics comes to mind

By Beth Reinhard, National Journal

The former governor was passionate and persuasive as he opened his fifth annual education conference in Washington, D.C. He made a strong case for holding all students to the same academic standards as a way to bridge the nation’s growing income inequality gaps, seamlessly blending the concerns of liberals and conservatives, suburban moms and corporate executives. Among the hundreds of policy wonks in the audience were powerful political consultants and fundraisers chomping at the bit should he run for public office again.

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Filibuster fight adds drama to 'fiscal cliff' talks

By Susan Davis, USA Today

A brewing side drama between the Senate's Democratic and Republican leaders is testing their relationship as the two navigate tough negotiations on the "fiscal cliff" coming at the end of the year.

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