Washington (CNN) – The Senate voted Tuesday to repeal a part of the health care reform law that would require businesses to file a 1099 tax form with the government for every purchase they make over $600.
The requirement was designed to fight tax fraud and raise money for the health care reform plan Democrats passed last year. But it quickly became unpopular with both parties when businesses complained it would be too burdensome.
Washington (CNN) - An election Tuesday in Wisconsin is attracting national attention and big bucks.
Voters in the state are casting ballots for a state Supreme Court justice. The once obscure contest is grabbing national headlines and independent groups from the right and the left have spent more than $2.5 million dollars over the past two weeks on television commercials to try and influence the outcome of the technically non-partisan election.
Washington (CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chairman and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine ended weeks of speculation Tuesday by announcing that he will seek his state's open Senate seat, which is being vacated by Sen. Jim Webb.
Webb, a Democrat, announced his retirement in February.
Kaine made the announcement in a video posted on his new campaign website, focusing on his record as governor that "made government more efficient" through budget cuts and investments in education and transportation.
Washington (CNN) - When Newt Gingrich warned a New Hampshire crowd Monday night that President Obama was trying to "extort contributions" from supporters by announcing his reelection bid so early, it might just have been a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
After all, the former House Speaker, for better or worse, has long been recognized as among the most aggressive and successful fundraisers in the Republican Party. In 2010, he raised close to $15 million through his various organizations and political action committees, a sum that far outpaced that of any other potential GOP presidential candidate.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - “Rape is rape is rape,” declared Vice President Joe Biden Monday at the University of New Hampshire, “And the sooner universities make that clear, the sooner we'll begin to make progress on campuses,” he said, announcing new guidance that will go to all K-12 schools, colleges and universities to address the growing number of sexual assaults.
Ayanna Pressley attended the event – and praised Vice President Biden and the Obama administration for speaking out.
Capitol Hill (CNN) – Here it is folks. The American Sauce easy-to-scan bullet points, from my reading of the 78-page ten-year plan from House Budget chief Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin. Add comments below.
This is important stuff. (Duh.):
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – Cut spending by $6 trillion over the next decade. Lower the highest tax rate to 25%. Radically overhaul Medicare and Medicaid.
Paul Ryan is not messing around.
Capitol Hill (CNN) – Oil has just hit a 30-month high, Japan is battling with a potential nuclear disaster and this week marks the anniversary of the deadly Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion.
The potential energy crisis of future years may be sending early transmission signals. Yes, last week (you missed this?) President Obama announced a new(er) energy policy. But still no significant action from Congress or Washington.
Where does the U.S. stand with energy? Listen to this week's American Sauce for a highly-efficient look at the major forms of energy we use, how much we have and quick hits of the pros and cons of each. And we also give you a mental map of nuclear energy in America.
Listen here. Or keep reading.
Washington (CNN) – Americans are divided over whether President Barack Obama or congressional Republicans would shoulder more of the blame if there's a government shutdown later this week, according to two new national polls.
A Washington Post poll released Monday indicates that 37 percent of the public says Republicans in Congress would be more to blame for a shutdown of some government services and offices, with an equal amount saying the Obama administration would be more at blame, and 15 percent saying both sides would equally shoulder the blame.
(CNN) - On the same day he is set to unveil a budget proposal that calls for slashing the debt by $4.4 trillion over the next 10 years, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is making his sales pitch in a new web video.
The three-minute YouTube video posted by the House Budget Committee features Ryan walking through the most pressing budget problems, including the fact that in 2013 it is projected 68 cents of every tax dollar will go toward paying for health and retirement entitlements as well as paying interest on preexisting debt.