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On the heels of a polarizing political New Year's Day – which featured an agreement to stave off the Fiscal Cliff, but no such vote on Hurricane Sandy relief – on Wednesday "Piers Morgan Tonight" guest host Wolf Blitzer welcomed Christine Quinn for her reaction to Congress's progress:
"I was stunned, it's really unbelievable," said the New York City Council Speaker, referring to Speaker John Boehner and the House majority's refusal to allow a vote on aid for those impacted by the October storm that pounded much of the Eastern seaboard. "We have countless people in New York and New Jersey who've been devastated by this storm, and quite frankly, Speaker Boehner just told them to drop dead. And it's just outrageous."
Following a tremendous amount of public backlash – most notably from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Republican New York Congressman Peter King of Long Island – Boehner and Republican House leadership announced they will vote twice in the next two weeks – first on Friday, and then once again on January 15th – in an effort to do right by the Tri-State area. Quinn will believe it when she sees it: FULL POST
Just hours before the House of Representatives signed off on a bill that staves off the fiscal cliff, Grover Norquist joined "Piers Morgan Tonight" for a live interview with guest host Wolf Blitzer.
Described by Blitzer as an "anti-tax crusader," Norquist offered his interpretation of the proposed deal:
"This is Obama's pound of flesh because he won the presidential election," said the "Americans for Tax Reform" founder and president. "He's the one insisting that taxes go up."
While Blitzer suggested that Republicans supporting the deal would essentially be backing a tax increase, Norquist disagreed and clarified:
"They're not voting for a tax increase, they're voting to save tax cuts for as many people as they can over Obama's objections."
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For January 2, 2013 – House staves off fiscal cliff, but more squabbles lie ahead, why your paycheck is getting smaller no matter what and John Boehner's White House F-bomb... FULL POST