FRIDAY | 12.03.2010 | EXPRESS |
HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADER JOHN BOEHNER,
WHEN ASKED THURSDAY ABOUT THE DEMOCRATS’ BILL TO EXTEND BUSH-ERA TAX CUTS ONLY FOR THE FIRST $250,000 OF INCOME.
Snow Strands Hundreds
Hundreds of motorists were stranded on a western New York highway Thursday after an accident caused a backup and the idling trucks and cars got stuck overnight in heavy snow. Authorities said 16 miles of eastbound lanes along Interstate 90 were shut Thursday in Buffalo’s eastern suburbs.
Man Sought in Publicist’s Death Kills Himself
A man wanted for questioning in the slaying of a Hollywood publicist killed himself in the lobby of a dreary Los Angeles hotel as police closed in with a search warrant. The death deepened the mystery of the slaying of Ronni Chasen, who was shot in her Mercedes as she drove home from a film premiere.
NEW HAVEN, CONN.
Man Sentenced to Death In Conn. Home Invasion
A Connecticut man who said he was “tor-mented” by his crimes was sentenced to death on Thursday for the killings of a woman and her two daughters in a gruesome 2007 home invasion. Ste-ven Hayes apologized just before New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue pronounced the sentence that had been recommended last month by a jury that convicted Hayes.
to a Pennsylvania couple for trespassing on property while taking a photo for its Street View service. Google conceded it trespassed but will pay only $1 in damages to Aaron and Christine Boring. The couple released a statement saying, “This is one sweet dollar of vindication.”
A critical compromise to head off a year-end tax increase for mil-lions of Americans took shape in private talks between the White House and congressional Repub-licans Thursday, and an extension of unemployment benefits for many others appeared likely to become part of any deal.The Obama administration sought to expand the package with other provisions that offi-cials said would accelerate the nation’s sluggish economic recov-ery. They included a tax break pro- viding as much as $400 for individ-ual working people and $800 for couples — even if they pay noth-ing to the IRS.Two days after he and newly empowered Republicans exchanged pledges of cooperation at the White House, President Obama expressed optimism about the prospects for agreement in time for enactment by year’s end. Still, he cautioned,
Tax Compromise in the Works
Benefits extension for unemployed likely to be included in deal
People protest Thursday outside the New York City office of Sen. Charles Schumer to protest an extension of tax breaks for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans.
S P E N C E R P L A T T / G E T T Y I M A G E S
“That doesn’t mean there might not be some posturing over the next several days.”Not long after Obama spoke, ers but allow them to rise for people at higher incomes. The measure has no chance of passing the Senate, and Obama has already signaled he will accede to Republican demands for extending tax cuts at all income lev-els, making the vote symbolic.The bill passed, 234-188, large-ly along party lines. The vote was followed by a meeting to discussthe compromise plan to extendexisting cuts for taxpayers atall income levels.
DAVID ESPO AND STEPHEN OHLEMACHER (AP)
Democrats ignited a partisan row in the House with legislation that would prevent taxes from rising on lower- and middle-income wage earn-
The White House is pressing
Congress to extend jobless benefits and other tax credits enacted as part of Obama’s massive economic recovery package last year. Those proposals could form the basis of a compromise on the Bush tax cuts. Beyond unemployment insurance, the White House made the case Thursday for extending Obama’s Making Work Pay tax credit for indi-viduals, a tuition tax credit and a tax break that rewards employers who hire unemployed workers. All are to expire at the end of the year.
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