• Honey, I raised the top tax rates: Outgoing husband and wife representatives at odds on fiscal cliff deal

    Spinners and Winners

    Husband-and-wife team Reps. Connie Mack, R-Fla., and Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., got some bad news on November 6. Both lost their elections and are now leaving Congress at the same time. But they've got one foot out the door during one of the most controversial lame duck sessions in recent history. Neither is budging on their votes -- though they don't exactly see eye-to-eye on the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations with the White House.

    Bono Mack is more open to compromising on taxes than Mack is, joking that Spinners and Winners was trying to start a fight by bringing up the topic!

    "I think if this is the best possible deal we can get, and for me I think that it is, I think we ought to go for it," Bono Mack said.

    "She's for extending the tax cuts for the middle class, but we all know what that means—that means that what the bill actually is going to do is raise taxes on people who do make more than $250,000," Mack said. "A lot of us would say that that's raising

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  • The devil wears an ambassadorship? Anna Wintour considered for London, Paris posts

    Political Punch

    President Obama's reelection means we will have new officials in the Cabinet. It also means we will have some new ambassadorships, and democrats in the know tell me one of the big names being considered for a plum ambassadorship to the UK or France is Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

    Two of the most important ambassadorships are our top diplomat in the U.K.  -- following in the footsteps of former U.S. presidents including John Adams, James Monroe, and John Quincy Adams -- and our top diplomat in France -- a prestigious position held by Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and founding Peace Corps director Sargent Shriver.

    So whom do Democrats say is now seriously being considered?

    Vogue editor Anna Wintour, a towering figure in the fashion community known for elegance, taste, and a cruelty so intolerable a best-selling book and film were written about it.

    "The Devil Wears Prada," written by a former assistant to Wintour, cemented the editor in pop culture legend for her

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  • Bottom Line

    It was a busy week in Washington with news on the fiscal cliff negotiations and the potential appointment of Vogue's Anna Wintour as an ambassador.

    Lynn Hannigan wrote via Facebook to ask "Wasn't the election clear enough that the majority of Americans were in favor of returning the tax amount back to when President Clinton was in office for the wealthy? Why does Boehner insist on not raising taxes on the wealthy?"

    And Paula Caravella wanted to know "Why is the legislative group going on a break when this is going on? They were sent to Washington to do a job and they should stay in Washington…No breaks until this matter is resolved. Period."

    On the [possible] celebrity ambassador front Linda Finnegan asked "What could the editor of a fashion magazine, such as Vogue, bring to the table to represent the United States as an ambassador?"

    And Carole Del Monte weighed in to defend Wintour writing "I'd bet she'd make a great ambassador. Anyone who questions this should remember

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