UPDATE: Obama Pushing Extension Of Middle-Class Tax Cuts
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is arguing that the expiration of middle-class tax cuts would be a "big blow" to working families and serve as a "drag on the economy."
Obama said at the White House he wants Congress to extend tax cuts for middle class families earning under $250,000 for one year, saying that it would provide certainty to the economy.
Obama said the November election could determine the fate of tax cuts for higher-earning Americans. He says his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, "will fight to keep them in place. I will fight to end them."
Obama's appeal to middle-class voters aims to draw a contrast with Romney and congressional Republicans. The House is expected to push for an extension of all the Bush-era tax cuts due to expire at the end of the year, including the cuts for wealthier Americans.
The Romney campaign says Obama's plan to let the tax cut expire for higher earning Americans amounts to a "massive tax increase."
Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>
SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Spokane Police Department SWAT Team officers took a homicide suspect into custody following an afternoon shooting in downtown Spokane. That suspect was identified as 27-year-old Joel C. Taitch. He was found blocks away from the crime scene and booked for 2nd degree murder.>>
SPOKANE, Wash. - Feel like you have to keep swatting bugs away when you've been walking outside this week? What you might be calling gnats, are really blue ash aphids. And right now they are more active than ever, because it's mating season. KHQ met a couple who noticed the blue ash aphids right when they started their walk in the park.>>
FORT HALL, Idaho (AP) - A trucker from Missouri who was beaten at an Idaho truck stop last month is still recovering from his injuries, and his employer has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his attacker.>>
- A bear searching for food was caught on camera opening car door handles during a snow storm in Boulder, Colorado. The breaking and entering occurred over the weekend. Using its paws, the black bear can be seen easily using the handle to get inside the vehicle. The animal rummaged around inside for about a minute before going around to the driver's side to open those doors. The bear eventually wandered off without closing the doors. Bear breaks into Colorado ca...>>
SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police say a man has died outside the Spokane Public Library downtown. Officers were called to the scene at 906 W. Main Ave. around 2 p.m. Wednesday. Details about what happened are limited at the moment, but officers on the scene say they are investigating the death as a homicide until they can prove that it is not, as is protocol.>>
RATHDRUM, Idaho - Idaho State Police have identified the man killed in a crash near Rathdrum Tuesday. Troopers responded to Chase Road, west of Rathdrum, around 1:15 p.m. Investigators say 20-year-old Brady Robert McPhail of Osburn, Idaho, was traveling eastbound in a white 2010 Buick Lucerne when he went into the westbound lane of traffic.>>