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Grover Norquist slams Cruz: ‘He pushed House Republicans into traffic and wandered away’

Prominent Republican lobbyist Grover Norquist accused Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of causing the shuttering of government operations by selling his counterparts in the House a bill of goods he couldn’t provide. “He said if the House would simply pass the bill with defunding he would force the Senate to act,”…

How Turbo Tax killed free and simple tax filing

By Liz Day, ProPublica This story was co-produced with NPR. Imagine filing your income taxes in five minutes 2014 and for free. You’d open up a pre-filled return, see what the government thinks you owe, make any needed changes and be done. The miserable annual IRS shuffle, gone. It’s already…

CREW asks IRS to investigate Americans for Tax Reform

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the IRS on Wednesday alleging that Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform violated federal tax law. “It appears ATR and Mr. Norquist declared less than half of the political activity it conducted in 2010 on its tax return,”…

Jon Stewart challenges Grover Norquist on ‘absolutist’ anti-tax pledge

Daily Show host Jon Stewart debated Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist on Monday night, questioning whether his influential pledge was realistic. Nearly every Republican in Congress has signed Norquist’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge, vowing to oppose any and all tax increases. Only 14 Republican members of 112th Congress have…

Kyl denies Norquist ‘cowed’ him into sabotaging the super committee

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl (R) insists that he wasn’t pressured by anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist into sabotaging a deal to lower the U.S. budget deficit. After Kyl indicated that he was open to a super committee deal that would raise revenues as well as cut spending, Politico reported that Norquist…

Sen. Kerry: Grover Norquist was 13th member of ‘super committee’

Sen. John Kerry on Monday said Republicans prevented the debt “super committee” from reaching a deal in time because of their unwillingness to raise taxes. The 12-member congressional panel announced Monday that they were unable to create a federal budget to cut U.S. deficits by at least $1.2 trillion over…

Norquist: GOP won’t be ‘fooled’ into raising taxes

As a Congressional “super committee” tasked with cutting the deficit on the verge of failure, anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist insisted in a series of interviews Monday that it wasn’t his fault. Norquist told CNN’s Carol Costello that Republicans were willing to “compromise” with Democrats as long as additional tax revenues…

GOP super committee member: Tax increases ‘are a reality’

One Republican member of the Congressional “super committee” who has signed Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge says that tax increases “are a reality” as a part of any deal to reduce the nation’s budget deficit. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) told CNN’s Candy Crowley Sunday that he still has hope that members…

GOP lawmaker: I didn’t agree to marry Grover Norquist forever

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) is one of 40 House Republicans who say that increased revenues must be part of the Super Committee deal to reduce the nation’s debt. Those Republicans joined 60 House Democrats in signing a letter calling on the Super Committee to “go big” and cut $4 trillion…

GOP Rep. Frank Wolf: Grover Norquist profits from ‘unsavory people’

Republican Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia on the House floor Tuesday attacked Grover Norquist and his anti-tax pledge, which has been signed by nearly every Republican in the House and Senate. “My conscience has compelled me to come to the floor today to voice concerns I have with the influence…

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