Katie Couric's Notebook: Tax Cuts

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he hopes the Bush tax cuts don't become a political football.

Well, it looks like the first hint of compromise...just got tackled.

This weekend House GOP leader John Boehner said he might support a deal on those cuts set to expire at the end of the year. The plan would extend them for most Americans, but roll them back for families making more than $250,000 a year. They would return to Clinton-era tax rates.

For a moment, the Democrats had nowhere to go...with their phrase "party of no."

It turns out Republican Senators had a different idea. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that he has the support to filibuster a deal that excludes the top earners.

A new CBS News poll found 56 percent of Americans are OK with taking back those breaks from people making the most money.

But the game still goes on in Washington, the cleats are digging in and no one seems to be moving the ball any closer to the goal line.

That's a page from my notebook.

I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.


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