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Dec 15, 2012

School murders silence “cliff” rhetoric as deadline nears

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mass murder in Connecticut silenced “fiscal cliff” talk on Saturday as the White House and Congress quietly got ready for a final scramble to avert the tax hikes and spending cuts set for the New Year, with sessions of the U.S. House of Representatives now scheduled just days before Christmas.

President Barack Obama canceled a trip he had planned to make next Wednesday to Portland, Maine to press his case for tax hikes for the wealthy. His weekly radio and Internet address on Saturday focused on Newtown, the site of Friday’s school shootings, in which a gunman killed 20 children and six adults before taking his own life.

Dec 13, 2012

Frustrated Boehner digs in on U.S. ‘fiscal cliff’ talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans dug in on their opposition to raising taxes on the wealthy on Thursday, even as polls showed them at a growing disadvantage in the U.S. “fiscal cliff” showdown with President Barack Obama.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top congressional Republican, refused to give ground and voiced frustration about talks with the White House to avert the steep tax hikes and spending cuts that will be triggered at the end of the year unless Congress intervenes.

Dec 13, 2012

Frustrated Boehner digs in on “fiscal cliff” talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans dug in on their opposition to raising taxes on the wealthy on Thursday, even as polls showed them at a growing disadvantage in the U.S. “fiscal cliff” showdown with President Barack Obama.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top congressional Republican, refused to give ground and voiced frustration about talks with the White House to avert the steep tax hikes and spending cuts that will be triggered at the end of the year unless Congress intervenes.

Dec 8, 2012

Boehner says Obama pushing U.S. toward “fiscal cliff”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican House Speaker John Boehner accused President Barack Obama of pushing the country toward the “fiscal cliff” on Friday and of wasting another week without making progress in talks.

With three weeks left before a combination of steep tax hikes and deep spending cuts kicks in unless Congress intervenes, Boehner said the administration had adopted a “my way or the highway” approach and was engaging in reckless talk about going over the cliff.

Dec 7, 2012

Boehner says Obama pushing country toward “fiscal cliff”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican House Speaker John Boehner accused U.S. President Barack Obama of pushing the country toward the “fiscal cliff” on Friday and of wasting another week without making progress in talks.

With three weeks left before a combination of steep tax hikes and deep spending cuts kicks in unless Congress intervenes, Boehner said the administration had adopted a “my way or the highway” approach and was engaging in reckless talk about going over the cliff.

Dec 7, 2012

‘Fiscal cliff’ talks down to Obama and Speaker Boehner

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) – With about three weeks left
before the “fiscal cliff” deadline, the task of avoiding the
steep tax hikes and spending cuts was down to talks between
Republican House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack
Obama, according to Capitol Hill aides.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi are “being kept in the loop,” said an aide close to
both Democratic leaders, ready to work out any details.

Dec 7, 2012

“Fiscal cliff” talks down to Obama and Republican Boehner

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) – With about three weeks left
before the “fiscal cliff” deadline, the task of avoiding the
steep tax hikes and spending cuts was down to talks between
Republican House Speaker John A. Boehner and President Barack
Obama, according to Capitol Hill aides.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are “being kept in the loop,” said
an aide close to Democratic leaders, ready to work out any
details.

Dec 7, 2012

Both sides hint at renewed talks on U.S. “fiscal cliff”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With little to show after a month of posturing, the White House and Republicans in Congress dropped hints on Thursday that they had resumed low-level private talks on breaking the stalemate over the “fiscal cliff” but refused to divulge details.

A day after a phone conversation between President Barack Obama and John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, appeared to kick-start communications, both sides used similar language to describe the state of negotiations but imposed a media blackout on developments.

Dec 6, 2012

Both sides scramble for leverage as clock ticks on US ‘fiscal cliff’

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – With the clock ticking toward
an end-of-year deadline, the “fiscal cliff” showdown focused on
Thursday on a renewed fight over raising the U.S. debt ceiling
as both sides maneuvered for political and public relations
advantage.

A largely partisan procedural scuffle broke out in the U.S.
Senate when Republicans tried to provoke a vote related to the
debt ceiling, in an apparent effort to reframe the debate on
more favorable terms and gain some leverage.

Dec 6, 2012

Conservative US Senator DeMint to resign, heading to think tank

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senator Jim
DeMint, an independent-minded South Carolina conservative and a
major voice of the Tea Party wing of the party, said on Thursday
he will resign from the Senate in January to head the Heritage
Foundation, an influential conservative think tank in
Washington.

DeMint, often a thorn in the side of his own leadership in
Congress, publicly criticized Republican House of
Representatives Speaker John Boehner earlier this week for
offering revenue increases in the bargaining with Democrats over
the “fiscal cliff” of tax hikes and budget cuts set for the end
of the year.

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      "Thomas Ferraro joined Reuters in 1998; he has helped cover a number of presidential campaigns and is a veteran of Capitol Hill where he has seen Democratic and Republican majorities rise and fall. He has also covered a number of Supreme Court confirmation battles, including those of four nominees now on the highest U.S. court."
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