The House Democrats' message guru touted plans to push rhetoric about championing the middle class and malign Republicans for siding with wealthy elite, but avoided using the word "redistribution" to characterize the party's plan to increase taxes on the rich to pay for tax breaks and other benefits for the middle class.
Taxes & Budget
Coverage of the national budget and your taxes.
By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times
Kicking off the next big budget battle with a bang, President Obama on Thursday will propose rolling back the roughly $1 trillion in automatic sequestration cuts that began in 2013 and will call for a dramatic boost in domestic spending paid for in part with tax hikes. Published January 29, 2015
A top military commander has decided to classify data that previously allowed a federal watchdog to track the billions of dollars the U.S. government is spending on Afghanistan's security forces, rendering investigators incapable of accounting for taxpayer funds for the first time in six years.
Up to 30 million taxpayers will claim an exemption from Obamacare on their tax forms this year, the administration predicted Wednesday as officials tried to prepare the country and a skeptical Congress for the first wave of tax penalties under the Affordable Care Act.
Federal auditors say that an Air Force plan to generate revenue by fixing radars on the aging fighter jets of foreign allies has failed to attract international customers.
Republicans scored one of their first victories of the new Congress on Tuesday when the White House signaled it was abandoning a plan that would have raised taxes on a popular college-savings plan.
House Democrats are feeling emboldened as they head to their annual issues conference and a pep talk from President Obama in Philadelphia this week, relishing a series of stumbles by the Republican majorities in Congress and rallying around a populist tax-the-rich agenda that they are convinced will score points with voters.
Federal auditors are questioning the Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's plan to scale back on postwar spending by reducing the number of senior military personnel working for the Pentagon.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California Republican, said that while President Obama might preach bipartisanship, Mr. Obama eventually "finds a way not to come to a solution."
The State Department overpaid $1.6 million to a nonprofit for medical supplies for humanitarian efforts in Somalia. A new watchdog report shows that better oversight of the $5.9 million grant with Nour International Aid (Nour) could have prevented the loss in taxpayer dollars.
At a rally to build support for raising taxes on wealthier families, President Obama repeated the dubious assertion Thursday that U.S. wages are rising.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden defended his boss's State of the Union address Wednesday morning, saying that Republicans are trying to claim credit for a recovery caused by programs the Obama administration has put in place.
President Obama has been in office exactly six years, and the wealthiest have never had it so good — and even the 2013 tax increase hasn't been able to dampen their climb.
A troubled federal contracting company seeking to move beyond a political influence scandal said Tuesday it has promoted the White House's former top procurement official, Joe Jordan, to be its new chief executive.
Those Americans who didn't get health insurance last year could be in for a rude awakening when the IRS asks them to fork over their Obamacare penalty — and it could be a lot more than the $95 many of them may be expecting.
Recent Opinion Columns
Flawed and cumbersome tax laws afflict taxpayers everywhere, but few are as irksome, as silly and as constitutionally dangerous as Maryland's "stormwater remediation fee," also known as "the rain tax," including whatever penumbras and emanations that followed. Gov.-elect Larry Hogan, a Republican, vowed during his campaign to free taxpayers from the overreaching state law that claims to protect the Chesapeake Bay and other waterways from polluted runoff, flooding and erosion. Together with others, he argues persuasively that it amounts to little more than a weather levy, with accompanying clouds.
The lame-duck Congress that will meet after the Nov. 4 election could lay a few golden eggs that will hatch into a new flock of crony capitalist ducklings. The gold would actually come from taxpayers. The politically well-connected are especially eager about an $18 billion giveaway to wind farms, a tax credit that benefits mostly millionaires and billionaires.
Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida recently laid out their vision of tax reform. They are right to push for reform. Our burdensome tax code is one of the major obstacles holding the economy back from reaching its potential. In the process, it is denying countless American families the opportunities they deserve.
A tobacco reduction conference hosted by the World Health Organization, the United Nation's public health agency, took a hostile and alarming turn on Monday when the public was kicked out of the meeting.
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