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Elections Democrats

  • A man wears an elephant hat as he watches during the third day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 29, 2012.

    Peter Morici says for the GOP to win elections, it must abandon long-held beliefs and biases.

  • A destroyed home is viewed along the beach in the Belle Harbor neighborhood of New York City.

    President Barack Obama has signed into law a $9.7 billion bill to pay flood insurance claims from super storm Sandy.

  • Al Jazeera Buys Current

    Cliff Kincaid, Accurarcy in Media, says Al Jazeera is a threat to U.S. national security. And Jimmy Williams, Democratic strategist; Sara Fagen, former White House political director; and Matt Welch, Reason Magazine, weigh in.

  • A destroyed home is viewed along the beach in the Belle Harbor neighborhood of New York City.

    Rejecting conservative opposition, Congress approved a $9.7 billion aid package for victims of super storm Sandy on Friday after a near mutiny by East Coast Republicans against House Speaker John Boehner.

  • Conservatives say that unless the U.S. gets control of the federal debt, a Greece-like economic collapse is just around the corner. But a long-term whimpering, like we've been hearing out of Japan, is more likely.

  • Postal carrier arranging mail in truck

    The former occupants of Capitol Hill didn't deliver, so the cash-strapped Postal Service now turns to the newly sworn-in Congress for help in avoiding its own "fiscal cliff."

  • Alan Krueger

    The White House warned Friday that Congress should avoid "playing with dynamite" in what's shaping up as the next "cliff" battle -- increasing the nation's debt ceiling.

  • Democrats Threaten Payroll Tax Cut Consensus

    Michael Farr thinks our elected representatives have transformed the "fiscal cliff" into the "fiscal farce."

  • 113th Congress by the Numbers

    Republicans still hold a majority in the House, reports CNBC's Hampton Pearson.

  • Boehner Re-Elected Speaker of House

    Rep. John Boehner has been re-elected to Speaker of the House, reports CNBC's Eamon Javers.

  • Is Congress Dysfunctional?

    Joe Lockhart, former White House Press Secretary, explains how bipartisan bickering is further complicating our political system.

  • The White House has "somewhat less leverage" in upcoming budget talks, said former Obama Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag.

  • Donald Trump speaks at the Ritz-Carlton on August 26, 2012 in Sarasota, Florida.

    Donald Trump slams GOP in tweets, saying that Republicans got nothing in the fiscal cliff deal. Here's a look at some principles the real estate mogul might have followed had he been negotiating, the CSM reports.

  • An emergency deal reached after weeks of rancorous negotiations will keep the U.S. from driving off the "fiscal cliff," but higher taxes and continued political bickering in Washington threaten to shake the fragile economy well into 2013.

  • Bill Gross: Stock Rally Isn't a 'Cliff' Celebration

    PIMCO’s Bill Gross says it’s a mistake to attribute today’s strong stock rally to relief that Congressed finally managed to avert the “fiscal cliff.” (2:43)

  • Pros & Cons In the Market After 'Cliff' Deal

    Insight on the market's reaction to the "fiscal cliff" deal, wth Steve Massocca, Wedbush Securities.

  • Christie: Congress Put Politics Ahead of Responsibilities

    Americans are tired of the political gamesmanship in this Congress, says Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, one day after the House refused to vote on Hurricane Sandy aid. "I was given no explanation," he says, for why the vote didn't happen.

  • While the tax package that Congress passed New Year's Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013.

  • While the "cliff" has been avoided for now, the budget fight will resume in a few weeks over details that were excluded from the New Year's negotiations.

  • Senator Bob Corker

    Republican Sen. Bob Corker told CNBC on Wednesday that voting for the deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" was like "eating a you know what sandwich."