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  • Fiscal cliff talks intense; Obama and Boehner talk

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite an intensifying pace, little progress is being reported in talks on averting automatic spending cuts and tax increases that economists fear could send the U.S. economy …


  • House GOP press Obama for balanced fiscal deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders are pressing President Barack Obama to come up with plan they can accept for spending cuts and tax revenue to avoid the so-called “fiscal …


  • Fiscal cliff talks appear to be stalled

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite an intensifying pace, little progress is being reported in talks on averting automatic spending cuts and tax increases that economists fear could send the U.S. economy …


  • Fiscal cliff: Private bargaining, public wrangling

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a test of divided government, the White House and congressional Republicans bargained in secret and sparred in public Tuesday over a deal to prevent year-end tax …


  • Senate GOP leader calls on Dems to spell out cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner accused President Barack Obama on Tuesday of slow-walking negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” and urged him to name specific cuts in government …


  • Obama, Boehner discuss ‘fiscal cliff’ stalemate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met at the White House to discuss the “fiscal cliff,” while rank-and-file Republicans stepped forward with what they called …


  • Stock market is a wild card in fiscal cliff talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress and the White House can significantly soften the initial impact of the “fiscal cliff” even if they fail to reach a compromise by Dec. 31. One …


  • Boehner: No progress in fiscal cliff talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner said Friday there has been no progress in negotiations to avert a “fiscal cliff” combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts in …


  • Gypsies take curious route through US to asylum

    DERBY LINE, Vermont (AP) — A minivan with California license plates and a dozen passengers zipped across the border between Vermont and Quebec in October, heading north in a southbound …


  • Homeland Security grant spending questioned

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department paid for an underwater robot in a Midwest city with no major rivers or lakes nearby, a hog catcher in rural Texas and …


  • Obama warns GOP against a new debt ceiling fight

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hewing to a hard line, President Barack Obama warned congressional Republicans on Wednesday not to inject the threat of a government default into complex fiscal cliff negotiations …


  • DHS grant spending questioned amid budget woes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department paid for an underwater robot in a Midwest city with no major rivers or lakes nearby, a hog catcher in rural Texas and …


  • Senate to take up bill normalizing Russia trade

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday took up legislation that would end four-decade-old trade restrictions that are blocking U.S. businesses from enjoying the benefits of a more open Russian …


  • Makings of a fiscal deal behind the hot rhetoric

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bluster and hot rhetoric aside, the White House and House Republicans have identified areas of significant overlap that could form the basis for a final agreement after …


  • GOP issues new ‘fiscal cliff’ offer to Obama

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Monday proposed a new 10-year, $2.2 trillion blueprint to President Barack Obama that calls for increasing the eligibility age for Medicare and lowering cost-of-living …


  • Boehner: Obama fiscal cliff offer bad for economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nuhr) says President Barack Obama’s proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff by boosting revenue by $1.6 trillion over the next decade would be …


  • Bickering trumps bargaining on looming ‘cliff’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time since the Nov. 6 election, partisan bickering trumped bargaining Thursday as Democrats and Republicans vied for the political high ground in talks to …


  • Brewer sued over license policy for immigrants

    PHOENIX (AP) — Immigrant rights advocates filed a lawsuit Thursday that seeks to overturn Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s order denying driver’s licenses for young immigrants who have gotten work permits …


  • ‘Cliff’: Boehner, White House chide each other

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner met with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Thursday and accused Democrats afterward of failing to outline specific cuts to avert the “fiscal cliff” …


  • Biden, at Costco, calls for middle class tax cut

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden went on a Costco shopping spree Thursday and called for Congress to extend middle-class tax cuts as part of a deal to avoid …


  • Obama says he’ll do what it takes to avoid cliff

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and a key congressional Democrat hinted at fresh concessions on taxes and cuts to Medicare and other government benefit programs Wednesday as bargaining with …


  • First cracks in GOP stance on higher tax rates

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The first cracks are developing among Republicans over whether to accept a quick deal with President Barack Obama on allowing the top two income tax rates to …


  • It’s not just taxes: Benefit cuts divide Democrats

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not just about taxes. There’s another big obstacle to overcome as Congress and President Barack Obama work to skirt the fiscal cliff: deep divisions among Senate …


  • First cracks in GOP resolve on tax rates

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The first cracks are developing among Republicans over whether to accept a quick deal with President Barack Obama on allowing the top two income tax rates to …


  • Senate Dems divided over cuts to benefit programs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep divisions among Senate Democrats over whether cuts to popular benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid should be part of a plan to slow the government’s mushrooming …


  • With Egypt’s Morsi, US facing a familiar dilemma

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has been here before, praising an Egyptian leader for championing Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts while expressing concern over his commitment to democracy at home. But …


  • Republicans propose plan for undocumented young

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Senate Republicans on Tuesday unveiled their version of the Dream Act, stalled legislation that would provide a path to legal status for hundreds of thousands of …


  • GOP senator offers ‘fiscal cliff’ solution

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A freshman GOP senator is jumping into the debate on how to avoid a “fiscal cliff” of tax hikes and automatic spending cuts, advocating a mix of …


  • US defends ‘enormous’ climate efforts at UN talks

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Anticipating an onslaught of criticism from poor nations, the United States claimed “enormous” strides in reducing greenhouse emissions at the opening of U.N. climate talks Monday, …


  • White House: Tax hike threat could hurt retailers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite early signs of robust sales, White House economists warned Monday that the uncertainty of a potential hike in taxes next year for middle class taxpayers under …


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