WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Friday he's confident that Congress will pass a compromise tax package despite the objections of House Democrats.
"Nobody - Democrat or Republican - wants to see people's paychecks smaller on Jan. 1 because Congress didn't act," Obama said in an interview with National Public Radio.
(CNN) - If 80 percent of success is showing up, as Woody Allen once said, then success may be coming Rick Santorum's way.
Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, is one of the most frequent fliers when it comes to the roster of possible 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls.
(CNN) - "Death Panels" could be back, Sarah Palin says. But this time they are not the creation of the Obama administration. No, these are the handiwork of the bipartisan debt commission.
In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, the former Alaska governor takes aim at several of the controversial commission's recommendations, saying the cuts it proposes "implicitly endorses the use of 'death panel'-like rationing."
(CNN) - Possible Republican presidential contender Tim Pawlenty's upcoming book tour will take him to Iowa and New Hampshire, two extremely important states in the road to the White House.
According to a release Friday, the book by the outgoing Minnesota governor, "Courage to Stand," comes out Tuesday January 11, with Pawlenty kicking off the book tour two days later with an appearance at the National Press Club and a book signing in the nation's capital.
(CNN) - Still fresh off an Election Day drubbing, President Obama plans to huddle with another ex-president whose first midterm election resulted in massive defeats for his party.
Obama will meet with former President Bill Clinton in a closed-door meeting at the White House at 3 p.m. ET Friday. It remains unclear what the two men will discuss, though it's expected the disappointing result for Democrats last month and the proper way forward will be a key topic of the discussions.
Clinton famously veered toward the middle of the political spectrum after the 1994 midterm election losses, a move that was partly credited with leading to an easy reelection victory two years later.
But the most liberal members of Obama's base have made clear they are in no mood to see their president move in the GOP's direction – a fact that was made clear with Obama's compromise on the tax cuts earlier this week and the subsequent backlash from Democrats it unleashed.
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CNN: House Democrats defy Obama on tax cut bill
House Democrats voted Thursday against considering the tax package that President Barack Obama negotiated with Republicans, raising questions over the president's influence in his own party. Later, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, released the first version of legislation to implement the negotiated deal and said the Senate would vote Monday to open debate on it. The Senate version made public by Reid was largely the same as the deal announced by Obama, but it added extensions of some tax breaks intended to spur green energy investment, such as ethanol use. However, the vote by the House Democratic caucus was a defiant rejection of both the agreement on tax and benefit measures, as well as what many Democrats in the chamber perceived as being marginalized in the talks by the White House. "This message today is very simple. That in the form that it was negotiated, it is not acceptable to the House Democratic caucus," said Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, who represented House Democrats in the negotiations. "It's as simple as that."