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October 3, 2012
Re "Balanced budget prophets," Opinion, Sept. 30 I did not realize before reading Doyle McManus' column that Mitt Romney had signed Grover Norquist's no-tax pledge. One of the major responsibilities of the president is the federal budget, which has two key parts: income and expenses. By signing away the ability to raise revenue, Romney will violate the oath a president must take to faithfully execute the office. A large number of senators and representatives have signed this pledge.
April 24, 2014
Re "The right takes aim at the solar industry," April 20 The vast sums of money used by the Koch brothers and their ilk originated from average Americans fueling their vehicles and powering their homes. Billions of dollars are sucked out of our economy by those who want us to keep using carbon-based energy. The use of oil, coal and natural gas has massive external costs that are not paid by the end user. This is the reason government regulators are trying to level the playing field by providing reasonable incentives for solar energy.
October 4, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
A House Republican tore into powerful anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist on Tuesday, blasting Norquist's no-tax pledge for “paralyzing Congress” and listing what he labeled “unsavory” associations.  Norquist's group, Americans for Tax Reform, asks all candidates for office to promise not to raise taxes. In remarks on the House floor, Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf blamed Norquist's pledge for preventing an open conversation about how eliminating tax credits and deductions could help reduce the deficit.
August 15, 2013 | By Douglas A. Berman
In his speech to the American Bar Assn. on Monday, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. sounded more like a fierce critic of the federal criminal justice system than its formal leader. He described some federal mandatory minimum prison terms as "excessive" and "draconian" and said "they oftentimes generate unfairly long sentences. " He asserted that "people of color often face harsher punishments than their peers," and he more broadly lamented that "too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason.
November 1, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Republicans are being “led like puppets by Grover Norquist,” the anti-tax activist and keeper of a pledge that binds nearly all Republican lawmakers to a promise not to raise taxes. Reid made the remark to reporters Tuesday as he complained about Republicans' refusal to raise taxes to pay for the president's jobs bill or to lower the deficit. As the fight over the deficit intensifies, and a deadline for a super committee deal nears, Norquist has increasingly become a punching bag on Capitol Hill.
August 31, 2012 | Ed Stockly
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November 4, 2011
Opinions differ about what sparked the fall of Sen. Joseph McCarthy in the mid-1950s and the ending of the anti-communist witch hunts he spearheaded, but some historians peg the moment at June 9, 1954, when chief Army counsel Joseph Welch uttered his famous rebuke: "Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?" We're reminded of this because today there's another bully whose stranglehold over Congress is paralyzing that body, to the detriment of the majority of Americans who disagree with his single-minded crusade.
July 13, 2012 | By Morgan Little, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Nearly 20 years removed from the White House, former President George H.W. Bush, accompanied by his wife, Barbara, sat down for an interview with Parade Magazine . Praising two out of his three presidential successors, Bush saved his critiques for anti-tax ringleader Grover Norquist. Bush, whose campaign for reelection in 1992 was severely damaged by his failure to live up to his pledge “no new taxes,” was asked how he felt about that same pledge becoming the calling card for the current class of Republicans.
December 19, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Grover Norquist, the keeper of anti-tax conservatism, gave his blessing Wednesday to House Speaker John A. Boehner's plan to increase taxes on those earning more than $1 million a year. Norquist's change of heart is a substantial shift for the president of Americans for Tax Reform, who for more than 25 years has been the enforcer of no-new-taxes purity in the Republican Party. “Republicans supporting this bill are this week affirming to their constituents in writing that this bill -- the sole purpose of which is to prevent tax increases -- is consistent with the pledge they made to them,” Norquist's organization said in a statement.
July 13, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 15 - 21 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SATURDAY Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC The Chris Matthews Show Michael Duffy, Time; Andrea Mitchell, NBC; Howard Fineman, Huffington Post; Kasie Hunt, Associated Press. (N) 5 p.m. KNBC, Sunday 5:30 a.m. KNBC McLaughlin Group 6:30 p.m. KCET SUNDAY Today Jamaica; summer cooking. (N) 6 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N)
June 25, 2013 | By Benjamin Mueller
What is it about Glenn Greenwald that makes his colleagues squirm? For publishing a series of revelatory articles about the extent of the government's domestic surveillance activity, the Guardian columnist has been compared by one New York Times reporter to anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist and asked to be arrested by another . On TV he's been a reliably prickly interview, and it's not just the five-second delay that's making things awkward....
May 8, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez
Over the last few years the Republican Party has campaigned hard against comprehensive immigration reform and in favor of tougher internal enforcement and beefed-up security along the U.S. border with Mexico. Now the GOP leadership is hoping to persuade its base to consider a different option: a bipartisan Senate bill that would result in sweeping changes to existing immigration laws. The bill would also create a pathway for millions of immigrants who are illegally in the United States to remain in the country and eventually apply for citizenship.
May 7, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The Senate gave strong bipartisan approval to landmark legislation that could largely lead to the end of the nation's decades-long Internet sales tax holiday. Now the issue shifts to the more skeptical, Republican-controlled House, where the debate will revolve around one fundamental question: Does helping governments collect an existing and owed tax constitute a tax increase? The Marketplace Fairness Act, approved 69-27 Monday by the Senate, gives states the authority to require larger online retailers with no physical presence in those states to collect sales taxes that residents already are obligated to pay. Many states, including California, are expected to jump at the chance to start collecting an estimated $23 billion in total sales tax revenue that is lost to online, catalog and other so-called remote sales each year.
April 22, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez
On Monday the Senate Judiciary Committee held its first public hearing on the sweeping immigration bill unveiled last week that seeks to overhaul the current system. The hearings produced a sharp exchange between Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-New York), who cautioned critics against using the Boston bombing as an excuse for delaying efforts to overhaul the immigration system, and  Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), who responded by shouting that he never made any such statement. But what intrigued me about Monday's hearing was the clash that took place between some conservatives, who are at odds over the fiscal impact of immigration reform.
April 12, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's proposal to trim Social Security's cost-of-living adjustments has sparked not only Democratic outrage, but Republican confusion. In the days since Obama put the idea in his 2014 budget, Republicans' reactions have included support, opposition and refusal to commit. The proposal was once a mainstay of the GOP's deficit-reduction overtures to the White House. House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday that the idea, the so-called chained Consumer Price Index, “is the least we must do to begin to solve the problems in Social Security.” DOCUMENT: President Obama's 2014 budget But the chairman of the House Republican Congressional Committee, who is trying to preserve the party's majority in the House in the next election, called it a “shocking attack on seniors.” “You're trying to balance this budget on the backs of seniors and I just think it's not the right way to go,” Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon told CNN.   That potentially off-message comment provoked swift rebuke from the powerful Club for Growth, the conservative advocacy group that supports the measure as a starting point for reining in spending on government entitlement programs.
January 1, 2013 | By Morgan Little and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- A sharply divided House Republican leadership struggled to reach agreement on a measure to avoid part of the so-called “fiscal cliff,” as key members said they could not support the compromise approved early Tuesday by the Senate. In a closed-door meeting of Republican House members, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the No. 2 Republican in the chamber, said he could not support the Senate-passed bill, according to two GOP lawmakers. Other Republicans said the bill would have to be amended and returned to the Senate.
June 21, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Grover Norquist, whose name has become synonymous with lawmakers' vow to not raise taxes, is headed to Capitol Hill to remind members of Congress of that pledge. Most of the Republicans in the House and Senate have signed the pledge, which, according to Norquist, is essentially a career-long commitment to voters never to raise taxes. Democrats have bemoaned this state of affairs as the main roadblock to achieving a "grand bargain" -- a bipartisan deficit-reduction deal that would rely on both spending cuts and tax hikes to balance the nation's books.
November 30, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 2 - 8 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SATURDAY Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC The Chris Matthews Show "Fiscal cliff" negotiations: Richard Stengel; Katty Kay; John Heilemann; Gloria Borger. (N) 5 p.m. and Sunday 5:30 a.m. KNBC McLaughlin Group 6:30 p.m. KCET SUNDAY Today "Electric" diet; living with honor. (N) 6 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N)
December 28, 2012
Re “ McConnell lies low as 'cliff' nears ,” Dec. 27 My-way-or-the-highway is no way to run a country, fellas. Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell “lies low” while House Speaker John A. Boehner won't even call members back to Washington after pulling his failed “Plan B,” which his extreme members wouldn't support. Yet the president is returning to reach out, again, to these folks. If you legislators do nothing, it will cost my family more than $2,000. It will throw millions off unemployment relief just as our economy is starting to recover.
December 26, 2012 | By Jon Healey
How's this for a cheerful headline: " Washington's Christmas gift to America: Nothing "? That was Politico's gloomy day-after-Christmas assessment of lawmakers' sputtering efforts to avert a bevy of tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to take effect on or around Jan. 1.  With House Republicans unable to muster the votes for a counteroffer by Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), the chances of them reaching a "grand bargain" with President Obama and Senate Democrats seem remote at best.
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