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Daily Archives: November 16, 2012

Erskine Bowles, co-chairman of President Obama's deficit commission, right, and Alan Simpson, fellow co-chairman of the deficit commission, pose for a portrait at the Russell Senate office building in Washington.

Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Erskine Bowles, co-chairman of President Obama's deficit commission, right, and Alan Simpson, fellow co-chairman of the deficit commission, pose for a portrait at the Russell Senate office building in Washington.

Simpson, Bowles Divided on One Issue

For nearly three years Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles have been joined at the hip. Simpson the Republican, former Wyoming Senator with the sharp wit, and Bowles the Democrat, former Clinton chief of staff with the investment banker pedigree, formed...

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, right, with state Rep. Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson, as they react to the Supreme Court ruling that has upheld the Affordable Care Act, on June 28, 2012, at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix.

Photograph by Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, right, with state Rep. Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson, as they react to the Supreme Court ruling that has upheld the Affordable Care Act, on June 28, 2012, at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix.

First Openly Bisexual Congress Member Will Record Another First

Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat who won a squeaker in the Nov. 6 election for an open U.S. House seat in Arizona, already has gained attention because when she gets sworn into office in early January, she will become the first openly bisexual...

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Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Photograph by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Photograph by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Norquist’s Anti-Tax Signers: House-Majority Still, as Roster Shrinks

Everyone knows about Grover Norquist’s no-new-taxes pledge. That line in the sand that many members of Congress, almost all Republican, have signed — a complicating factor in any talks going forward about averting the “fiscal cliff” or addressing “tax reform”...

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Hostess Brands Inc., the bankrupt maker of Wonder Bread and Twinkies, said it will fire more than 18,000 workers and liquidate. Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Hostess Brands Inc., the bankrupt maker of Wonder Bread and Twinkies, said it will fire more than 18,000 workers and liquidate. Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

What Christie Isn’t Saying: ‘Twinkies’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie prides himself on his ability to go off script. But when reporters asked him about the possible closure of a Hostess factory in Wayne, New Jersey, he took a different tack: get ‘em laughing. When...

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Loaves of Wonder Bread at the Hostess Brand Inc. bakery in Sacramento, California. Photograph by Ken James/Bloomberg

Loaves of Wonder Bread at the Hostess Brand Inc. bakery in Sacramento, California. Photograph by Ken James/Bloomberg

Pentagon Twinkies Supply Route Cut

The Pentagon may need to find another vendor to satisfy its sweet tooth. Hostess Brands Inc., the bankrupt maker of Wonder Bread and Twinkies that has said it will fire more than 18,000 workers and liquidate after a strike crippled...

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House Speaker John Boehner addresses the media outside the White House on Nov. 16, 2012, following a meeting with President Barack Obama. Photograph by Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

House Speaker John Boehner addresses the media outside the White House on Nov. 16, 2012, following a meeting with President Barack Obama. Photograph by Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

Congressional Leaders Optimistic About Averting `Fiscal Cliff’

Updated with White House comments at 12:50 pm EST: Congressional leaders emerged from talks with President Barack Obama at the White House this morning voicing confidence in solving the budgetary and tax questions needed to avert a “fiscal cliff” before...

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Mitt Romney (L) campaigns with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in Delaware, Ohio, in October. Photograph by Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Mitt Romney (L) campaigns with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in Delaware, Ohio, in October. Photograph by Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Hard-Head Christie Hits Romney on ‘Gifts’

You lost, bro. Now run along and find something to do. That was pretty much the sentiment this morning from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who criticized failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for attributing his defeat to government “gifts”...

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet veterans and their families on Veterans Day, in Arlington National Cemetery. Photograph by Michael Reynolds via Bloomberg

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet veterans and their families on Veterans Day, in Arlington National Cemetery. Photograph by Michael Reynolds via Bloomberg

`West Wing Week:’ Edited-Reality TV

President Barack Obama has had a busy week, his first week since re-election. The White House has produced its own version of “West Wing” to dramatize it. There was that visit to Arlington National Cemetery for Veterans’ Day. There was...

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The 435 House elections produced the anomalous result of Republicans winning more seats and Democrats winning more votes. Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The 435 House elections produced the anomalous result of Republicans winning more seats and Democrats winning more votes. Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Republicans Won More Seats, Democrats Won More Votes

Democrats failed to regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives even though they won 1 million more votes than Republicans. The number of states backing Senate and presidential candidates of the same party grew to the largest in at...

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President Barack Obama with Speaker of the House John Boehner during a meeting on Nov. 16 to discuss deficit reduction. Photograph by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

President Barack Obama with Speaker of the House John Boehner during a meeting on Nov. 16 to discuss deficit reduction. Photograph by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

Washington Daybook: Living on the Edge

In “The Final Problem,” Sherlock Holmes battled his nemisis Professor Moriarty to the death on a cliff. President Barack Obama meets House Speaker John Boenhner for talks over the “fiscal cliff” today in a confronation that hopefully won’t end as...

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