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Sen. Barrasso: Obama is the one obstructing fiscal cliff talks

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) on Monday lashed out at President Barack Obama for “slowing down” negotiations and preventing Congress from reaching a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. “What we ought to do is put a bill on the Senate floor and let people actually offer amendments and vote…

Norquist: Fiscal cliff deal will cut taxes instead of raising them

Anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist on Monday insisted that Republicans in Congress would hold the debt ceiling hostage to ensure that there would be no tax increases on even the wealthiest Americans as part of a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. During an interview with the founder of Americans…

Steve Kornacki: ‘A lot of the speculation now’ says sequestration cuts will stand

Chair of the House Progressive Caucus Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and guest host Steve Kornacki discussed sequestration, John Boehner’s House speakership, and what exactly drives the lack of compromise on Capitol Hill on UP with Chris Hayes Dec. 30. Kornacki said there were “conflicting reports” regarding whether sequestration would be…

Sen. Mitch McConnell: ‘I need a dance partner’ to solve fiscal cliff

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) ended a speech with a unique metaphor on Sunday, as he lamented the fact that his office sent in a fiscal cliff offer Saturday evening in an attempt to avoid the end of the Bush tax cuts. By 2 p.m. Sunday, he claims, he…

David Brooks on the fiscal cliff: GOP has a brain freeze

New York Times columnist David Brooks on Sunday said Republicans had prevented a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff because the party was at odds with itself. “What’s happening in Washington right now is pathetic. When you think about what the revolutionary generation did, what the civil war generation…

Sen. Graham on fiscal cliff: ‘Hats off to the president. He won’

After a year of deadlocked negotiations, at least one prominent Republican senator is willing to concede defeat. In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) acknowledged that President Obama had stuck to his guns and would emerge from the debt talks victorious. Predicting that tax rates would…

Bernie Sanders: House Republicans are the problem

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Saturday that Republicans were solely to blame for the lack of a budget deal to avert the fiscal cliff. During an appearance on MSNBC, Sanders denied that both parties were responsible for the current gridlock in Washington. He said “nobody wants” the economically…

Obama on Meet the Press: ‘Basic fairness’ at stake in fiscal cliff talks

In a rare appearance on Meet The Press Sunday, President Obama accused Republicans of refusing to accept the will of the American people as stated on Election Day and to compromise on a “sensible” deal to avert the looming fiscal cliff. Arguing that he and Democrats had, ”moved more than halfway” in…

Harris-Perry: What role does race play in gun violence reporting?

Saturday morning on MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” host Harris-Perry and a panel including Joy Reid of “The Grio” and “Huffpost Live” host Alicia Mendez discussed the role of race in media reporting and its impact on the gun violence debate, both with regards to the people reporting the news and the…

Author Junot Diaz: Current GOP is ‘a shelter for a lot of messed up and toxic paradigms’

Junot Diaz, an MIT professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, appeared on Bill Moyers on Dec. 28, where the writer discussed among other issues the recent election. “Even the communities who came out to vote, I think, were shocked by their own numbers…

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