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January 3, 2013
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  • Republican dysfunction could help House Democrats in 2014
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    House Democrats face a tough election cycle in 2014 -- but some strategists believe the Republican Party's handling of the debt crisis could help Democrats persuade voters to return them to power. "If we continue to be the problem solvers and Republicans continue to be the problem, we will have a very strong path to getting the majority," says New York Rep. Steve Israel, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Fiscal deal is great news for HENRYs
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    Lawmakers' fiscal compromise lowers everyone's post-tax income, with much larger tax increases for the top 1%, according to charts from the Tax Policy Center. Still, relative to the automatic tax increases that would otherwise have kicked in, it's actually HENRYs -- that's "high-earner, not-rich-yet" workers making between $200,000 and $500,000 -- who benefit the most. The Atlantic online (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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