(CNN)–Democratic Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown had choice words about the tax deal struck between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans announced Monday night. He appeared on CNN's "John King, USA" following the president's press conference, which gave an overview of the deal.
Brown told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, "In essence it borrows 700 billion dollars from China, charges it, puts it on our children and grandchildren's credit cards and gives it to the wealthiest two percent tax payers."
(CNN)-President Obama traveled to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and then returned to Washington Monday afternoon to finalize tax negotiations with Democratic leaders at the White House. It was a brief trip, just three hours on the ground, thanks to the luxury that presidential travel affords, like Marine One, Air Force One, and a motorcade. Meanwhile, journalists who also made the trip weren't so lucky, contending with flight delays and long drives back to Washington.
White House producer Erika Dimmler and photojournalists Martin Dougherty and Geoff Parker covered the president's trip for CNN. Dimmler provides an ALL ACCESS PASS of their trip with these behind-the-scenes photos.
(CNN) - Congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle issued swift responses on the heels of President Barack Obama's announcement that a deal was reached Monday evening with congressional Republicans to extend Bush-era tax cuts.
Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, said in a statement, "Now that the President has outlined his proposal, Senator Reid plans on discussing it with his caucus tomorrow."
(CNN)–Vice President Biden will attend the weekly Senate Democratic policy lunch Tuesday in the Capitol to “defend the deal” on taxes and other items the White House tentatively cut with Republican leaders, according to a Senate Democratic leadership aide.
“This may be somewhat rough (to sell) in the Senate,” another congressional Democratic source told CNN. “But betting House Dems are worse.”
(CNN)–President Barack Obama on Monday announced a deal with congressional Republicans that would extend extend Bush-era tax cuts for two years and unemployment benefits for 13 months while also lowering the payroll tax by 2 percentage points for a year.
(CNN) - Former Gov. John Sununu will not seek a second term as chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, he informed the state party committee Monday.
Sununu, who served three terms as governor and as Chief-of-Staff to President George H.W. Bush, had not been expected to run again.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama presented congressional Democratic leaders Monday with a proposed deal with Republicans that would extend Bush-era tax cuts for two years and unemployment benefits for 13 months while also setting the estate tax at 35% for two years on inheritances worth more than $5 million, a senior Democratic source told CNN.
The deal also includes a temporary 2% reduction in the payroll tax to replace Obama's "making work pay" tax credit from the 2009 economic stimulus package for lower-income Americans, the senior Democratic source said. As currently crafted, the deal would prohibit amendments by either party, according to the source, who spoke on condition of not being identified by name.
(CNN) - Elizabeth Edwards is surrounded by family and friends in her North Carolina home after being informed by her doctors that further cancer treatment would be unproductive.
"Elizabeth has been advised by her doctors that further treatment of her cancer would be unproductive," the Edwards family said Monday in a statement. "She is resting at home with family and friends and has posted this message to friends on her Facebook page."
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama prepared to discuss ongoing tax negotiations behind closed doors at the White House Monday with leading House Democrats, many of whom are believed to be unhappy with a potential deal to extend the Bush-era cuts for the richest Americans.
"We won't rubber stamp a deal between the White House and (Senate Minority Leader) Mitch McConnell," one Democratic congressional source told CNN. "We want to make it clear. Don't take our support for granted."
(CNN) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday he was "not particularly optimistic" that Congress would soon repeal the "don't ask, don' tell" policy banning openly gay and lesbian personnel from the military.
During a visit to the USS Abraham Lincoln, an aircraft carrier deployed in the Arabian Gulf, Gates also made clear that even if the Senate approves a measure already passed by the House to end the controversial 1993 policy, it would be some time before the military fully implements a repeal.