Keith Hall Named New CBO Director, Replacing Elmendorf
Keith Hall, chief economist of the International Trade Commission, will start his four-year term on April 1.
Obama’s $4 Trillion Budget Sets Up Tax Fight With Congress
The budget would raise taxes on corporations and top earners, spend more on infrastructure and housing, and stabilize, but not eliminate, the annual budget deficit.
Obama Drops 529 Tax Plan; New College Saving Bills Floated
Administration will now focus on delivering a “larger package” of education tax relief that will have bipartisan support.
Senate Rejection of Keystone XL Measure Sets Up 2015 Showdown
Keystone XL pipeline backers came up one vote short in the Senate though vowed to try again in January.
Valliere: Despite Victory, Republicans Shouldn’t Think Voters Love Them
Strategist Greg Valliere cautioned that the midterms were a referendum on Obama, not the GOP, and discussed what he said were six big political myths.
GOP May Take Senate, but No End to DC Dysfunction: Political Pundits
Inside-the-Beltway political 'handicappers' Stuart Rothenberg and Charlie Cook tell IRI crowd not to expect tax reform even if Republicans take control of the Senate.
Obama’s Budget Drops Plan to Limit Social Security Increases
The so-called chained-CPI formula was part of a bid by the president to engage in deficit-reduction negotiations with Republicans.
GOP Jumps on Minimum Wage Job-Loss Report
The CBO report said boosting the minimum wage may cost as many as 500,000 people their jobs.
New Hire Roundup: American College Names Linda Need Board Chairwoman
Also this week, Hy Saporta was named COO of Steward Partners Global Advisory, and a former top Boehner staffer joined the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Yellen, Not Debt Ceiling Debate, to Spark Washington Fireworks
While Yellen will face tough critics Tuesday, analysts are optimistic that a debt limit bill will pass prior to the Feb. 27 deadline.