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(Studio: Randi Kaye) The fight among politicians on extending tax breaks to the wealthy and the issue of extending unemployment benefits in the time of a rise in unemployment introduced; details given of the Republican vow to block all legislation until the tax breaks are extended. [Senator Tom HARKIN - calls this a moral outrage and the president should be saying that denying unemployment benefits is outrageous.] [Senator Debbie STABENOW - criticizes the Republican tactics.] [Representative John BOEHNER - criticizes the Democratic maneuver.] [Senator Robert MENDENEZ - accuses Republicans.]
(Studio: Randi Kaye) Live discussion held with CNN's Erick Erickson and Roland Martin about the politics of taxes. [ERICKSON - calls this political theater on the Senate floor; defends tax cuts for the top two percent; notes small business owners would be affected if the tax cut lapses.] [MARTIN - says holding things hostage to a tax break is nuts.]
- Kaye, Randi
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