There's Always a Catch

Republicans seemingly broke with their anti-tax orthodoxy last night when they offered Democrats $300 billion in revenue increases over the next decade, largely from reducing tax deductions on things like mortgage payments. But there was a catch: In return, Republicans want to extend the Bush tax cuts, which are currently set to expire in January 2013. The extension would cost $4 trillion over the next decade. Democrats refused the GOP offer, saying it would increase the deficit over the next ten years rather than reduce it. Strategically, the Republican offer made perfect sense; they came across as willing to compromise and can now accuse Democrats of blocking a deal. With two weeks until their deadline, the Super Committee has made little progress.

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Reason to Get Out of Bed in the Morning

Mississippi voters defeated a radical anti-abortion ban which would have outlawed all abortions and some forms of birth control. 

What the Candidates Say

MITT ROMNEY: "I don’t want to suppose truth or lack of truth [about harassment allegations against Herman Cain]. I just think it’s important to recognize that a number of women have come forward with concerns."
 
JON HUNTSMAN: "Far be it from me to give Herman Cain advice. He’ll have to address these issues, as he will."
 
NEWT GINGRICH: "I think that at some point, in the near future, that Herman and his campaign have to lay all this out and put it to rest. I think the pressure to do that will be very real."
 

 

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