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    Seeking to avoid a politically toxic vote, Congress has failed to pass a federal budget for three years. This year's new twist? Congress might not even try.

  • Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to supporters at a rally in the Tivoli Student Union on the Auraria Campus on February 7, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.

    A Democratic leader in Romney's native Michigan says the GOP candidate "stabbed us in the back" for opposing the auto industry rescue package.

  • Representative Dave Camp (R - MI)

    Michigan Republican Dave Camp, the chairman of the powerful tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, gave Treasury man Timothy Geithner a tough spanking this morning.

  • President Barack Obama

    The New York Times reports that President Obama’s political standing is rising along with voters’ optimism that the economy is getting better, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, a shift that coincides with continued Republican disquiet over the field of candidates seeking to replace him.

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    Members of a House-Senate committee charged with writing a measure to extend a payroll tax reduction and provide added unemployment benefits reached a tentative agreement Tuesday evening, with Republicans and Democrats claiming a degree of political victory in a fight with significant election-year implications, the New York Times reports.

  • Is Romney in Trouble in Michigan?

    The latest polls show Rick Santorum gaining ground on GOP front-runner, Mitt Romney. Discussing whether Romney's strategy of playing up his Michigan roots will work, with Howard Dean, fmr. DNC chairman, and Robert Costa, National Review.

  • Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum rallies supporters in Tacoma, Washington.

    Rick Santorum is on a roll, but a month and a half into the primary season, he's underfunded and outmanned and still lacking in organization.

  • Jerry Lewis

    As veterans of California's congressional delegation retire and send new reps to Washington, the state may not have the clout it once had to withstand  to negotiate against huge cuts in federal spending in the coming years by Congress, the New York Times reports.

  • Dylan Morris of the Senate Budget Committee stacks copies of President Obama's budget for 2012 in the Committee's hearing room in Dirksen Building.

    President Obama’s proposed fiscal 2013 budget — combining deficit cuts, tax increases, and spending to fuel the economic recovery — is an approach right out of the Simpson-Bowles playbook. Whether or not it’s the right approach depends on whom you ask.

  • President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech.

    Obama says he's hopeful Congress will renew a 2-percentage-point cut in the payroll tax and is pressing for extended benefits for millions of  long-term unemployed.

  • Obama's Budget Under Review

    Insight on the Senate Finance Committee's review of the President's 2013 budget plan, with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, with Sen. Benjamin Cardin, (D-MD).

  • Tacoma police officers drag off an protestor during a Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum rally in Tacoma, Washington.

    Rick Santorum clashes with Occupy protesters during his first visit to Washington state, a place he said would be a "momentum changer" heading into Super Tuesday.

  • Geithner on FY 2013 Budget

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies in front of the Senate Finance Committee on President Obama's FY 2013 budget.

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    If you shake out the Obama budget in terms of bold headlines, it’s really a class-warfare, tax-the-rich budget. Layer upon layer of tax hikes are piled on successful investors, small-business owners, and corporations.

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    "I think the EU was a little harsh with the Greeks. It looks like they were trying to push them out of the euro zone. It could get bumpy next week,” said trader Art Cashin.

  • The Best Tax Plan:  Romney, Gingrich, or Santorum?

    Which GOP presidential candidate had the best message on growth and taxes at CPAC on Friday? Dean Baker, Ctr. for Economic & Policy Research, and Dan Mitchell, CATO Institute, discuss.

  • US Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben S. Bernanke

    Out on the campaign trail, Fed head Ben Bernanke is an unpopular guy.

  • Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is joined on stage by his family as he delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Marriott Wardman Park February 10, 2012 in Washington, DC

    Mitt Romney tells conservatives he proved his mettle as Massachusetts governor. Rick Santorum says Romney is so moderate that electing him would be a "hollow victory."

  • Barack Obama

    The Obama administration's new mandate that religious organizations pay for their workers' birth control has become a bludgeon for Republican culture warriors.

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    Mitt Romney just can't shake his difficulty attracting conservatives. And that reality is undercutting his effort to cast himself as the inevitable Republican presidential nominee and prolonging a race that each day exposes deep divisions within the party.