|Senate passes budget — first for four years
By: Ginger Gibson
|In the early morning hours Saturday after almost 13 continuous hours of voting, the Senate passed a budget resolution for the first time in nearly four years.
The proposal, which Democratic drafters say will reduce the deficit by $1.85 trillion between spending cuts and tax increases, passed narrowly 50-49 on a largely partisan vote at 4:56 a.m.
A handful of Democrats, all up for reelection next year and representing conservative states, voted against the measure: Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska). Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) was absent. Continue reading “Senate passes budget — first for four years”
By MICHAEL COOPER; Published: September 4, 2012
The platform that the Democratic Party plans to approve Tuesday at its convention in Charlotte, N.C., offers a stark contrast to the platform that Republicans approved last week at their convention in Tampa, Fla., especially on social issues like abortion rights and same-sex marriage, the future of entitlements like Medicare and Social Security, and labor policy and taxes. Here is a look at some of the crucial differences.
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A worker checked the stage at the Time Warner Cable Arena before the start of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday. Continue reading “How the Party Platforms Differ”
View Photo Gallery — Mitt Romney barnstorms in Ohio, Florida: The Republican presidential nominee delivers campaign speeches, saying the nation needs “a new coach,” in a nod to the start of college football season.
By Tom Hamburger, Published: September 2
He did so, in part, the way millions of other Americans do — with the tax benefits of an individual retirement account. But he was able to turbocharge the impact of those advantages and other tax breaks in his severance package from Bain in a way that few but the country’s super-rich can ever hope to do.
Read the full text of Mitt Romney’s tax documents. Continue reading “Mitt Romney exited Bain Capital with rare tax benefits in retirement”
08/28/2012; Tula Connell
Nearly six in 10, or 58 percent, say the rich don’t pay enough in taxes, while 26 percent believe the rich pay their fair share and 8 percent say they pay too much.
Further, roughly two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) say the income gap between the rich and poor has gotten larger in the past decade. And 57 percent also say this is a bad thing for society (3 percent say this is a good thing). Continue reading “Poll: Income Inequality Too High, Rich Aren’t Paying Fair Share of Taxes”