Washington (CNN) – On the same day Congressional and White House negotiators met to broker a compromise on how to deal with the Bush-era tax cuts that are expiring at the end of the year, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced that House Democrats would push ahead on a vote Thursday to permanently extend tax breaks just for those making $250,000 a year or less. Republicans argue tax cuts should be extended for everyone, including the wealthy.
Hoyer said the House bill would include permanent extensions of income tax rates for the middle class, plus tax breaks for married couples, the child tax credit, and the earned income tax credit.
Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business, but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail to the international stage, there's always something that gets a laugh or a second glance. Here are some of the things you might have missed:
One of the NBA's greats has a message for President Obama when it comes to his basketball game: You're toast. "I'm an old fat guy now, but I'll kick his ass," Charles Barkley told Conan O'Brien, referring to the two playing a one-on-one basketball game.
Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."
(CNN) - As the saying goes, even paranoids have enemies. A Washington corollary: Even cynics have reason to be cynical.
Consider the latest Washington Kabuki: the overdue bipartisan leadership meeting at the White House. To prepare, and disarm the GOP, the president orders a federal pay freeze the day before the session. It's an easy gimme: The GOP has already proposed it, the voters don't like the government much and the White House can point to it as evidence of its willingness to work together.
(CNN) – It's rare that two media watchdogs – one on the left and one on the right – ever agree when it comes to assessing coverage on the cable news outlets.
But both the conservative Newsbusters and liberal Media Matters are aiming fire at Fox News' Geraldo Rivera and Judge Andrew Napolitano for recently suggesting the third building to fall on September 11, 2001 – 7 World Trade Center- may have collapsed for reasons beside the widely held belief that fire from the two World Trade Center towers nearby was the ultimate cause.
(CNN) - Nearly 70 percent of the gubernatorial votes have been re-counted in Minnesota, and the needle has barely moved in either direction.
Democrat Mark Dayton, who led Republican Tom Emmer by 8,751 votes before the recount began, has lost just 38 votes through Tuesday's counting. Emmer has lost one vote.
(CNN) -Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich doesn't want to reject the left anymore, now he wants to replace it. Gingrich is set to speak at the American Legislative Exchange Council's annual conference Wednesday.
In prepared remarks released Wednesday morning, Gingrich notes that midterm elections are "only the beginning" and issues a challenge to "create a conservative majority large enough…to replace the increasingly leftist political system…" with the ultimate goal of turning the rejection of the left seen during the 2010 midterm elections into "replacement of the left."
(CNN) - Amidst the fallout from the WikiLeaks release of sensitive State Department cables, an ongoing fury of words has erupted from both sides of the aisle over blame and accountability.
Former President Bill Clinton issued a warning Tuesday at an appearance in Greensboro, North Carolina. "I'll be very surprised if some people don't lose their lives over these leaks," he said, while addressing a crowd at Guilford College. "And goodness knows how many will lose their careers."
(CNN) - A senior administration official confirms that President Obama will not be allowing new drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico for at least seven years. This is a result of the BP oil spill.
The official said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a call on this news at 1:30pm today.
Washington (CNN) - As top Democrats and Republicans begin negotiations over extending the Bush-era tax cuts, a national poll indicates that the public remains divided on whether the wealthiest Americans should continue to receive those cuts.
Four in ten questioned in a USA Today/Gallup survey released Wednesday say that the cuts should be extended for all Americans, with 44 percent saying they support extending the tax breaks but setting limits on how much of wealthy Americans' income is eligible for the lower rates, and 13 percent saying the cuts should be allowed to expire at the end of the year.
(CNN) - Senate Republicans promised Wednesday to block legislative action on every issue being considered by the lame duck Congress until the dispute over extending the Bush-era tax cuts is resolved and an extension of current government funding is approved.