December 10th, 2010
06:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama enlists Clinton to sell tax deal

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Friday enlisted former President Bill Clinton to help sell a compromise tax package negotiated with Republicans to reluctant Democrats.

After meeting with Clinton at the White House, Obama brought him to the briefing room to tout the proposal to reporters, even backing off after a brief introduction to let Clinton do the talking and take questions.

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Filed under: President Clinton • President Obama • Tax deal
Mr. Sanders goes to Washington
December 10th, 2010
06:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Mr. Sanders goes to Washington

(CNN) - In case you haven't tuned into C-SPAN Friday, you might have missed that Sen. Bernie Sanders has been talking. And talking. And talking.

Summoning his inner Frank Capra, the Vermont independent has been speaking on the Senate floor virtually non-stop since 10:24 a.m. ET - all in an effort to show his opposition to the temporary extension of the Bush-era tax cuts that President Obama and Republicans have agreed to.
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Filed under: Senate • Tax deal
Clinton backs tax deal
December 10th, 2010
04:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Clinton backs tax deal

Washignton (CNN)–After meeting Friday with President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton told reporters he supported the tax and benefits package negotiated with Republicans because "I don't believe is a better deal out there."


Filed under: President Clinton • President Obama • Tax deal
White House launches e-mail push for support
December 9th, 2010
06:09 PM ET
3 years ago

White House launches e-mail push for support

(CNN) - The White House and the Democratic National Committee have mounted an aggressive e-mail push to the political press corps in an effort to sell the tax cut deal President Obama made with Republican leadership.

Since the president's news conference Tuesday afternoon - in which he struck an impatient tone with some of his fellow Democrats as well as some frustration about negotiating with Republicans - the White House press office and the DNC have sent at least 68 emails to reporters pushing the deal, a highly unusual amount in the normal ebb-and-flow of the political day.
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Filed under: DNC • Tax deal • White House
Anger at tax cut proposal: strange political bedfellows
December 9th, 2010
05:42 PM ET
3 years ago

Anger at tax cut proposal: strange political bedfellows

Washington (CNN) - It is strange political bedfellows. Some on the right are joining their usual adversaries on the left in their anger at the proposed tax cut deal.

Of course, the reasons for their dismay are different. While liberals wail at the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 per year and other items, many s are particularly upset that the measure would add hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit.
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Filed under: Republicans • Tax deal • Tea Party movement
Liberal group uses Obama's words against him
December 9th, 2010
01:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Liberal group uses Obama's words against him

Washington (CNN) - A very vocal liberal critic of the White House says it is putting out a second television ad slamming President Barack Obama for caving in on the tax cut deal he made with congressional Republicans.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee announced Thursday that its going up with an ad that uses then-candidate Barack Obama's words from two and a half years ago against the president for now striking a deal that would extend Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
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Filed under: President Obama • Tax deal
Obama phones supporters to defend GOP deal
December 8th, 2010
11:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama phones supporters to defend GOP deal

WASHINGTON (CNN) -With anger mounting from liberals over his compromise on extending all of the Bush-era tax cuts, President Obama joined a phone call with progressive activists Tuesday evening, and said he was "absolutely convinced" he got the best possible deal.

"We put up the best possible fight under the circumstances," the president said on a phone call arranged by 'Organizing for America,' the organization behind his presidential campaign that is now part of the DNC."

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Top Obama aides defend tax deal as some Democrats fume
December 8th, 2010
09:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Top Obama aides defend tax deal as some Democrats fume

WASHINGTON (CNN) –  President Barack Obama's top aides on Wednesday defended the tax plan hammered out with Republican leaders, saying Democrats are coming around to the reality that the agreement contains plenty of good things despite proposals they dislike.

At the same time, senior White House economic adviser Larry Summers warned Congress that failing to approve the agreement could lead to a double-dip recession in 2011.

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Filed under: David Axelrod • Larry Summers • President Obama • Tax deal
December 8th, 2010
05:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Webb faces 'reality' on tax cuts, 'don't ask, don't tell'

Washington (CNN)- Departing from the most vocal of his base, Democratic Virginia Senator Jim Webb believes the tax deal proposed by President Obama is "a good way for us to reinvigorate the economy" and tells Chief National Correspondent John King in an interview that "the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy is a flawed policy."

Appearing on CNN's John King, USA, Wednesday at 7 p.m.ET, Webb calls President Obama's proposal a "true act of leadership" and says the "people are calling for some sort of stimulus to the economy." For Webb, Obama's tax deal is the answer.
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Filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell • Jim Webb • Tax deal
December 8th, 2010
12:25 AM ET
3 years ago

House Democrats vent on tax plan, focus criticism on estate tax

Washington (CNN) - House Democrats vented their frustrations with President Barack Obama's tax proposal at a closed-door meeting Tuesday night, with rank-and-file members slamming the White House for leaving House Democrats out of final negotiations, and agreeing too quickly to a GOP proposal on the estate tax.

According to several Democratic members and aides, much of the discussion centered on the addition of the estate tax exemption to the package extending all the Bush-era tax cuts for two years.

Democrats are fuming that the administration agreed to exempt inheritances up to $5 million and to set the tax rate at 35%. The estate tax is scheduled to be reinstated at a higher rate of 55% next year, with the exemption up to $1 million. A bill passed the House a year ago that set the threshold for the exemption at $3.5 million and the tax rate at 45%.

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