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Obama Blames Republicans For Debt Panel's Failure

President Obama Monday put the blame for the supercommittee's failure squarely on congressional Republicans — and their unwillingness to consider higher taxes on the wealthy. Obama also threatened to veto any effort to escape from the automatic spending cuts agreed to in August without a balanced plan to reduce the deficit. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Scott Horsley for more.
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Va. Democrats Push GOP To Share Power

Democrats in Virginia are considering filing a lawsuit to check the tiebreaking power of the lieutenant governor in the divided state senate.


Obama's Hands-Off Approach To The Supercommittee

After being dragged down by the congressional debate over whether to raise the debt ceiling last summer, the president remained largely silent on the supercommittee. Though the GOP has criticized the president for what they call "failed leadership," it's unclear whether his immediate involvement would have been helpful.

With No 'Superdeal,' What's Next In Deficit Debate?

The failure of the congressional deficit-reduction supercommittee extends fiscal uncertainty and pushes a debate over the Bush-era tax cuts into a presidential election year. Congress could try to reverse automatic budget cuts set for 2013 — but President Obama has already warned against that approach.

Four Reasons The Supercommittee Isn't So Super

The panel's inability to tackle its assigned responsibilities should have come as no surprise, some political observers say. In fact, failure may have been built into the process from the beginning.

Supercommittee Unlikely To Make Deadline

Failure of the supercommittee to find the $1.2 trillion in cuts it was charged to identify are expected to trigger automatic budget cuts that start in 2013. Meanwhile, many in Congress assumed the group would include in its bill extensions of a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits — both of which will expire at the end of December unless Congress acts to extend them. NPR's Tamara Keith speaks to Robert Siegel with the latest from Capitol Hill.