Gabrielle Giffords received a Profile in Courage award this weekend at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. The award is fitting, though she is displaying a different kind of courage than was celebrated by the late president in his 1957 best-selling book.
Just one Senate Democrat opposed the party’s majority on the estate tax, a medical-device tax, a possible carbon tax, online sales taxes and the revenue-raising budget plan. He’s the senator in charge of tax policy: Max Baucus of Montana.
The Senate adopted a proposal yesterday that would modestly reduce the U.S. debt through higher taxes for top earners as part of the first budget plan the Democratic-controlled body has passed in four years.
As President Barack Obama courts Hispanic support for rewriting U.S. immigration laws, the issue is complicating the political calculations for a group of senators whose votes he will need to win passage.