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Payroll tax cut extension stuck in partisan fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With a tax cut for 160 million U.S. workers set to expire in less than two weeks, Republicans and Democrats in Congress on Monday were mired in a last-ditch battle over extending it. In a surprise turnabout, Republicans in the House of Representatives are now pushing for…

WATCH LIVE: GOP leaders address payroll tax bill

John Boehner, Eric Cantor and other Republicans discuss the payroll tax bill. Watch live:…

GOP tries again to attach Keystone pipeline to payroll tax cut

By Stephen Collinson WASHINGTON — Republicans launched a new bid Friday to make President Barack Obama’s effort to extend a tax holiday for 160 million Americans conditional on a contentious US-Canada pipeline project. The president’s conservative foes warned they would not extend the payroll tax cut without a measure designed…

Gov’t. to shut down Saturday if spending bill fails

By Zeke Miller It’s a scene that’s repeated itself at least three times this year — the government is hours from a shutdown, and congressional lawmakers remain far apart on an agreement. But this time, it just might happen. Much of the federal government will shut down early Saturday morning if…

Geithner briefs Boehner on euro crisis

WASHINGTON — Amid fears the eurozone crisis may spill into US markets, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Tuesday discussed the situation with Republican House Speaker John Boehner, the lawmaker’s spokesman said. Geithner briefed Boehner “on the European debt crisis and the potential impact on America,” said the speaker’s press secretary,…

Progressive candidates deliver 36,000 ‘We stand with the 99%’ petitions to Boehner

Seven progressive House candidates and Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) members delivered nearly 36,000 “We stand with the 99%” petitions directly to House Speaker John Boehner’s Capitol Hill office Wednesday afternoon. The petitions stated: “We stand with the 99% — we need an economy that works for all of us,…

Key U.S. House panel to review trade ties with China

WASHINGTON — A key US congressional panel plans to put the White House in the hot seat at an October 25 hearing to study action against China’s “distorting trade politics,” the committee’s chairman said Tuesday. “China’s distorting trade policies are deeply troubling and cannot be allowed to stand. Its practices…

Colbert: Herman Cain chooses not be gay every day

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert applauded Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain for making the difficult daily choice not to be gay. “To think that gay is a choice, I don’t know how to respond to that,” The View co-host Joy Behar told Cain Tuesday. “I mean, don’t think anybody in this…

AFL-CIO president: GOP ‘started the war on working Americans’

Rallying attendees on the second afternoon of the Take Back The American Dream summit, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said of Republicans, “If they want to have a debate on class warfare, we’ll have that debate,” because “It wasn’t our class that started the war on working Americans.” Trumka used his…

Obama sends three trade deals to Congress

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Monday sent long-stalled free trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea to the congress and pressed lawmakers there to approve them “without delay.” “These agreements will support tens of thousands of jobs across the country for workers making products stamped with three…

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