CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 28, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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DEVELOPING: SENIOR GOP CONGRESSMAN’S TAX PROPOSAL GETS SHOT DOWN… House Speaker John Boehner and other conservatives shot down a proposal from a senior congressional Republican who suggested that his GOP colleagues break from their firm anti-tax position and agree to a demand from Democrats to immediately renew middle class tax cuts. Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a member of the leadership team that helps round up House votes, told fellow GOP lawmakers that he thought they should, as a matter of political strategy, extend just the tax-rate cuts for those making $250,000 or less before the end of the year - a position being pushed by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats. – Deirdre Walsh
– The fight plays out in front of cameras… –
REPUBLICAN REP. TOM COLE OF OKLAHOMA OUTSIDE THE WEEKLY REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE MEETING: “In my view, we all agree that we're not going to raise taxes on people who make less than $250,000. We should just take them out of this discussion right now, continue to fight against any rate increases, continue to work honestly for a much bigger deal. We need to deal with entitlement spending. We need to deal with job creation. Rates are intimately tied to that. So let's have that discussion, but I think it's easier to have without a lot of people whose taxes we don't intend to raise being worried they might get raised.”
REPUBLICAN REP. RAUL LABRADOR OUTSIDE THE WEEKLY REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE MEETING: “I think he (Rep. Cole) is wrong and I think most of the conference thinks that he's wrong. I think he's, you know, he's a good man who's served here for a long time. But he's also a man who has voted for a lot of the increased spending in Washington, D.C., and that's the problem. We have a lot of Republicans who are, you know, catching their hair on fire right now, but they're the ones who were here for 10 or 20 years causing all the problems that we're now facing.”
– … but the GOP leader remains optimistic –
HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER AT A CAPITOL HILL PRESS CONFERENCE: “Republicans are committed to continuing to work with the president to come to an agreement to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. It's one reason why we believe that we put revenue on the table as long as it's accompanied by serious spending cuts to avert this crisis. … I'm optimistic that we can continue to work together to avert this crisis sooner rather than later.”
(CNN) – As Republican post-election musings point fingers at perceived short-comings by the former Republican nominee Mitt Romney, his campaign and the GOP as a whole, a top Romney adviser staunchly defended his candidate and warned against Republican infighting.
"Over the years, one of the more troubling characteristics of the Democratic Party and the left in general has been a shortage of loyalty and an abundance of self-loathing," wrote chief Romney strategist Stuart Stevens in an op-ed in the Washington Post Wednesday. "It would be a shame if we Republicans took a narrow presidential loss as a signal that those are traits we should emulate."
(CNN) – President Barack Obama's re-election neutralized efforts by Republicans to overturn the Affordable Care Act and marks the continued implementation of the law, but a majority of Americans now say it's not the federal government's role to provide healthcare insurance coverage.
The Gallup poll indicates 54% of Americans believe guaranteed healthcare coverage is not the government's responsibility while 44% believe it is - the first time since 2000 the Gallup poll trend has shown a majority of Americans feel the government should not be responsible for providing healthcare insurance coverage for all Americans.
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner and other conservatives shot down a proposal from a senior congressional Republican who suggested that his GOP colleagues break from their firm anti-tax position and agree to a demand from Democrats to immediately renew middle class tax cuts.
Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a member of the leadership team that helps round up House votes, told fellow GOP lawmakers that he thought they should, as a matter of political strategy, extend just the tax-rate cuts for those making $250,000 or less before the end of the year - a position being pushed by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats.
Washington (CNN) – Centrist Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine joined her GOP colleagues Wednesday in questioning the role Susan Rice – the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations – played in the days following a deadly attack at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Collins, speaking after a meeting with Rice on Capitol Hill, said Rice was playing a political role when she appeared on television to explain the attack that left four Americans dead stemmed from protests of an anti-Islam video. That video now appears not to have been a factor in the Benghazi attack.
(CNN) – For Grover Norquist's Taxpayer Protection Pledge, the latest rebellion began last week in the South, by way of friendly fire.
"I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge," Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, told Macon station WMAZ. "If we do it his way, then we'll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that."
Washington (CNN) - A new national poll suggests that most Americans support raising taxes on people making over $250,000 per year as part of a deal to prevent the country from falling off the fiscal cliff.
But an ABC News/Washington Post survey released Wednesday morning also indicates other proposals to reduce the nation's massive federal debt, such as limiting the deductions people can claim on their federal income taxes, and raising the age for Medicare, are far less popular.
Washington (CNN) - Heading into a second term at the helm of the education department, Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday that the largest missed opportunity of President Barack Obama's first term was the lack of movement on an immigration reform measure.
"I think there's a moment of opportunity on both sides to get some soul searching maybe a little more on the Republican side," Duncan said. "We have to do something about immigration reform and one of my ... biggest disappointments of the first four years is that we didn't get the DREAM Act passed."
New York (CNNMoney) - As lawmakers race to negotiate a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, some experts say one tax increase should be on the table: a gas tax hike.
Currently at 18.4 cents a gallon, the federal gas tax is used primarily to build and repair roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure. The tax raises about $32 billion a year.