February 17, 2012 A roundup of some of Friday's political stories.
February 14, 2012 The unexpected move was described by some as a cave by Speaker Boehner and his leadership team. But others interpreted the act as more of a crafty strategic retreat meant to accomplish at least two key ends. One, it was intended to prevent Republicans from incurring any more self-inflicted wounds on the issue. Two, it was meant to confuse Democrats, throw them off balance and divide them.
January 25, 2012 The White House says it makes no sense to link the controversial pipeline's fate to an extension of the payroll tax cut. Republicans say both issues are about jobs.
December 23, 2011 As with everything happening in Congress these days, the deal reached Thursday to pass a 2-month extension of a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed wasn't a "done deal" until one more step was taken.
December 20, 2011 For the present impasse to work to the political advantage of House Republicans, Speaker John Boehner and the members of his Congress would have to convince enough of the public that it's Republicans, not Democrats, who are more concerned about the taxes middle-class Americans pay. That's a major challenge.
December 20, 2011 With the Senate in recess, the move leaves the bill in limbo and could mean that millions of Americans could lose their long-term unemployment benefits and see their taxes increase in January.
December 19, 2011 House Republicans got support for their stance that Congress pass a year-long extension of the payroll tax holiday instead of a two-month stopgap from those with a particular dog in the fight — the companies that process all that payroll data. The lobbying organizations for payroll processors said that a two-month extension of the payroll tax would be a processing nightmare.
December 14, 2011 Another holiday season finds the nation dealing with a seasonal tradition that's becoming as routine as background Christmas music at retail establishments, the threat of a federal government shutdown and congressional Republicans and Democrats locked in stalemate as they each try to gain the political upper hand.
December 7, 2011 There's been quite a response to an earlier NPR story on concerns that the payroll tax holiday is undermining the Social Security program — everything from genteel but firm phone calls from the White House to angry emails from the press secretary of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
November 30, 2011 What politician wants to be on the side of not extending the very populist payroll tax holiday at a time when many Americans with jobs are struggling to pay their bills?Certainly not congressional Republican leaders who realize that's a dangerous spot to be in as your party gets ready to defend its House majority and try to gain control of the Senate in 2012.