Today's Five Best Columns
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Jan 2, 2013 4:24PM ET
The contentious fiscal cliff deal struck Tuesday night sent stock markets, here and abroad, "climbing", "surging", "rallying," and "soaring" on Wednesday. Which confirms the importance of striking a deal — any deal! — in the first place.
Jan 2, 2013 7:19AM ET
The best thing you can say about the New Year's Day fiscal cliff deal is that it's unlikely to hurt the U.S. economy. Unfortunately, it does almost nothing to help it.
Jan 1, 2013 11:14PM ET
While we may be just weeks away from a series of mini-cliffs to come, the House of Representatives approved the much debated Senate version of a bill late Sunday night, 257-167, averting a fiscal crisis. President Obama said at an evening appearance that he would sign it.
Jan 1, 2013 4:10PM ET
Speaker of the House John Boehner's job today was to try and sell House Republicans on the fiscal cliff deal hammered out by the Senate in the wee hours of last night. Eric Cantor is certainly making that as hard as possible.
Jan 1, 2013 12:01PM ET
While you were out enjoying your New Year's Eve, members of the Senate and some of our top lawmakers rang in the new year working on, and eventually passing, a deal to avert the fiscal cliff.
Dec 31, 2012 4:56PM ET
Even as the United States found itself poised to go over the fiscal cliff on New Year's Eve, a deal was emerging — and liberals did not particularly like it. Here's why, exactly, they think he's got no game.
Dec 31, 2012 12:13PM ET
As the fiscal cliff negotiations reach their final hour, a strange new trend has emerged: people are going on TV and saying, with a straight face, that making $250,000 a year doesn't make you rich.
Dec 31, 2012 8:49AM ET
After President Obama said a deal was "within sight," a tax agreement was evolving in the Senate — but the House acknowledged it would not vote on fiscal measures before the midnight deadline. America, welcome to overboard.
Dec 30, 2012 10:16PM ET
We've been batting around this fiscal cliff debate for months, and now with just hours left until the deadline, Senators say they remain "apart on some pretty big issues." What are they? And what will we learn on Monday morning?
Dec 30, 2012 3:07PM ET
The fiscal cliff talks that were going so well yesterday have fallen apart, and now Mitch McConnell is reaching out to Vice President Joe Biden to help him see if they can get this deal done.
Dec 29, 2012 6:44PM ET
You would think the Senate and Congressional leaders would be making all kinds of progress towards a fiscal cliff deal considering it quite literally is zero hour and the country is mere days away from actually, really going over the proverbial cliff. But nope! You would be mistaken.
Dec 28, 2012 5:54PM ET
The most powerful people in Washington met at the White House on Friday, and they all walked away, saying and accomplishing close to nothing. President Obama and Speaker Boehner made evening statements, and here's what we know heading into the weekend.
Dec 28, 2012 12:49PM ET
After conflicting reports on whether a new offer was coming and in advance of a White House summit Friday afternoon, President Obama has reportedly crafted a "scaled back" proposal that would — temporarily, at least — avoid next week's fiscal cliff.
Dec 27, 2012 11:02AM ET
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid gave a less than encouraging speech on the Senate floor today, essentially conceded that the fiscal cliff is happening. During his remarks, Reid scolded his House counterpart John Boehner, calling his rule a "dictatorship."
Dec 27, 2012 7:47AM ET
Just in case the fiscal cliff problem wasn't bumming you out enough, Tim Geithner has politely reminded everyone that as of Monday, the Treasury Department won't be able to borrow any more money.
Dec 26, 2012 5:07PM ET
It might be a mini-deal, but still: members of Congress are expected to go back to work Thursday, and lawmakers seem to realize that their theatrics are wearing thin on the American public.
Dec 26, 2012 5:59AM ET
After a nice long holiday weekend, President Obama and members of Congress suddenly remembered that they never took care of that fiscal cliff thing that happens in just six days.
Dec 21, 2012 5:59PM ET
After the markets had closed and elected Washington had headed home for the holidays, President Obama took to the White House podium early Friday evening and suggested Congress cool off over Christmas.
Dec 21, 2012 11:10AM ET
House Republicans embarrassed "poor, orange man" John Boehner and rejected his backup plan, leaving the negotiations with a complex future. Here's how Obama and the Speaker might move next, if Boehner's even still the Speaker.
Dec 21, 2012 8:03AM ET
Lost in all the anxiety over the Fiscal Cliff, is another little noticed deadline that could force you to pay double the price for a gallon of milk come January 1.
Dec 20, 2012 8:43PM ET
After an hour delay so Speaker of the House John Boehner could try and whip up more Republicans votes to get his Plan B vote through Congress, the Speaker's saving grace bill didn't even go to a vote. And Boehner, like Elvis, left the building.
Dec 19, 2012 2:08PM ET
Instead of putting pressure on Obama and the White House, which immediately rejected and then announced its intention to veto the idea, Plan B has brought more attention to infighting among Republicans.
Dec 19, 2012 2:06PM ET
President Obama's highly anticipated press conference — in which he offered his strongest remarks about new gun legislation since the Newtown shootings, and officially announced a commission to be led by Vice President Biden — wasn't very interesting to the White House press pool. They wanted to talk about the fiscal cliff. Here's an anatomy of the insiders' priority shift.
Dec 19, 2012 10:41AM ET
If the White House won't buy the House Republicans' backup plan, does that mean it's time for fiscal cliff panic?
Dec 18, 2012 11:45AM ET
Within hours of its being floated publicly, the White House has already rejected House Speaker John Boehner's backup plan on the fiscal-cliff negotiations.
Dec 18, 2012 10:37AM ET
House Speaker John Boehner announced in a press conference Tuesday morning that he's suddenly pushing for a backup plan, which he also hopes will prod President Obama into a better deal for conservatives.
Dec 17, 2012 9:02PM ET
Leaked details of Obama's third attempt to compromise with Republicans on solutions for the fiscal cliff made headlines on Monday night, mainly the bit about increasing the earnings threshold to $400,000 for higher tax rates.
Dec 17, 2012 12:30PM ET
Seeking Arrangement, the infamous dating website that matches "sugar daddies" and "sugar mommies" with attractive but cash-strapped young people, is inserting itself into the budget debate with a new pitch: to avoid the fiscal cliff, have a rich guy buy you things.
Dec 16, 2012 7:27PM ET
John Boehner has finally given in to raising taxes for America's wealthiest citizens for the first time in the ongoing fiscal cliff talks. But it isn't exactly what the President asked for...
Dec 13, 2012 12:21PM ET
Everyone seemed to ignored one thing that made Boehner's Thursday press conference new and special: a chart — from Paul Ryan, no less.