1. HARSH WORDS

    Obama: Pass Payroll Tax Cut

    No, this is not news from December. President Obama used his weekly video message Saturday to tell Congress to pass a longer-term extension of the payroll-tax cut. After much haranguing, Congress agreed to a two-month extension at the end of December, which will expire at the end of this month. Congress, Obama said, “needs to stop this middle-class tax hike from happening. Period. No drama. No delay.” Obama once again urged Americans to “pick up a phone, send a tweet, write an email and tell your representative they should get this done before it’s too late.” The $150 billion bill would also renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and prevent doctors from getting a 27 percent cut in their Medicare payments.

    Read it at Associated Press