The Senate is set to vote on Democratic and Republican plans to extend the Bush-era tax cuts. Democrats want to limit the breaks to those making less than $250,000 a year. Republicans want even the rich to keep the lower rates.
After their victories in 2010, the prominence and influence of the Tea Party waned, and the future of the movement remains unclear. NPR's Political Junkie columnist Ken Rudin and Bruce Buchanan, professor at the University of Texas at Austin, talk about the influence of the Tea Party in Texas.
Democrats and Republicans are going to the brink over tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans in a showdown that threatens to send the U.S. over a year-end "fiscal cliff." So what's at the heart of the impasse?
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