Polls: Obama gets good grades for handling fiscal cliff, but Boehner decidedly does not

Two separate polls SHOW President Obama to have been a winner in the recent fiscal-cliff negotiations while House Speaker John Boehner was a big loser. In one of those polls, even one-fourth of Republican respondents say Obama did a good job. But then, that same poll also showed one-fourth of Democratic respondents approving of Boehner’s handling of the matter. Americans are largely split in their reaction to the “fiscal cliff” agreement, but united in their dislike for the role played by House Speaker John Boehner,...

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Poll: Two-thirds of Republicans don’t like the fiscal-cliff deal, but two-thirds of Democrats do

Gallup sees a MIXED VERDICT: Americans are split over how they view the fiscal cliff compromise, with more Republicans being unsatisfied than Democrats, according to a recent poll. Overall, 45 percent say they disapprove of the Congress-approved plan to avert going over the cliff and 43 percent approve, accordingto a Gallup poll Friday. The rest are unsure. Among GOP participants: 27 percent approved the deal; 65 percent disapprove; the rest have no opinion. Among Dems: 67 percent approve; 23 percent disapprove; the rest have no opinion....

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Here’s a handy-dandy timeline of how the fiscal-cliff drama played out over the past two months

The resolution of America’s fiscal-cliff crisis, albeit a temporary fix in some regards, came exactly eight weeks after the November elections. If the back-and-forth on this matter over these two months seems like an unpleasant blur in retrospect, you can find some clarity by clicking HERE for a timeline of developments, which includes this cast of characters (in order of their appearances): Barack Obama, Harry Reid, John Boehner, Bill Kristol, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Tom Cole, Grover Norquist, Jay Carney, Tim Geithner, Eric...

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Senate approves fiscal-cliff deal by a wide bipartisan margin

America went over the so-called fiscal cliff with the arrival of Jan. 1, but disastrous consequences likely will be averted when the U.S. House signs off on a BIPARTISAN DEAL reached in the wee hours today in the Senate: The measure, which would raise tax rates for families making more than $450,000 and delay deep across-the-board spending cuts for two months, cleared the Senate by an overwhelming 89-8shortly after 2 a.m. The Republican-controlled House could take up the pact in a rare New Year’s Day session, though the timing of that...

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Happy Fiscal Cliff Eve!

The situation in Washington regarding the so-called fiscal cliff might have changed by the time you read this post, but HERE‘s one interesting angle that pertains at this writing: To many Americans, what’s going on in Washington looks like a circus show that isn’t the least bit entertaining — the nation’s leaders seemingly unable to come up with a deal that keeps most people from paying higher taxes. But there is a logic to it. For all the posturing of the last few weeks, both sides see a measure of political upside in going over the...

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