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The Deceptive White House $40 Payroll Tax Campaign

President Obama Thursday misled workers with his “$40” PR campaign, suggesting workers would lose double the amount they actually would if House Republicans failed to accept the Senate measure extending the payroll tax holiday for two more months. Twice during remarks at the White House, Obama indcated voters would pay $40 extra in taxes per weekly paycheck. But by the White House’s own calculations, an

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Obama $40 Event Delayed Until 1 PM ET

Come on, we’re only running 45 minutes late. And the White House has decided that this publicity stunt will be sufficient briefing for the press, canceling Jay Carney’s scheduled 1:30 pm briefing. The event has concluded.

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Obama Launches “$40” Payroll Tax Cut Campaign

President Obama is stepping up his PR war against House Republicans with a just-scheduled 12:15 pm ET appearance at the White House to tout a new campaign highlighting the tax break families will lose if the partial payroll tax holiday is not extended. From the White House: In the afternoon, the President will continue to urge House Republicans to do what’s right for the American

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White House Playing Chicken with Payroll Tax Cut

Sometimes, people turn logic on its head. Sometimes, they turn logic on hits head and lift the body and bang the head repeatedly into the floor. President Obama and his spokesman, Jay Carney, in league with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, today began a political game of brinksmanship with the payroll tax cut – all while accusing Republican of playing a  political game of brinksmanship

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White House Caves on Payroll Tax Extension

The White House this evening agreed to a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, bowing to Republican demands that it include a provision forcing a faster decision on the whether to allow the Keystone pipeline to extend from Canada deep into the United States. Obama and his Democratic allies had already given in on GOP demands that the extension be paid for with a

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White House Threatens Shutdown Over Payroll Tax

Practicing the very kind of political gamesmanship it accuses Republicans of playing, the White House today indicated President Obama would shut down the government if Republican have not agreed to an extension of the payroll tax cut he supports. “What the president is not willing to do is leave town or allow Congress to leave town without ensuring that 160 million Americans do not see

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Obama Suggests Payroll Tax Holiday is on the Table

President Obama today said that the White House will continue to work with businesses to seek other ideas to spur hiring and revive the economy, suggesting that a payroll holiday is one of the options. “We are willing to look at any idea that’s out there” that might help the economy, Obama said during a “town hall” style event on CNBC. Obama noted that the

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