The budget presents a thorny political challenge for congressional Republicans: Fiscal hawks call for a tighter focus on debt reduction, while defense hawks say a strong US military is paramount.
In politics, 'breathtaking' isn't necessarily a good thing. It's often deployed to connote wrongheaded actions on an epic scale, especially when invoked by Republicans.
This is the first filing season when taxpayers must navigate the new provisions of the ACA on their 1040s. And, as we are learning, sorting through all the necessary paperwork is hard to do, even for those of us whose day jobs are in tax policy.
The Obamacare deadline for 2015 has been extended to Sunday, Feb. 22, for people who say they attempted to sign up but were delayed by busy call centers and technical issues. In some cases, Obamacare signup delays also were brought on by winter storms.