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BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

With the deadline for the so-called “Fiscal Cliff” drawing ever nearer, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met for an unscheduled meeting Thursday evening, their second meeting this week. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien has more.

“Last night President Obama and John Boehner met at the White House for just under an hour after coordinated press releases, both sides assured the American people that communication lines remain open.”  

According to Bloomberg’s Businessweek, “Obama and Boehner have been stymied in negotiations, with the president and congressional Democrats saying they won’t discuss spending cuts unless Republicans agree to higher tax rates for top earners. [While] Republicans are insisting on reductions to entitlement programs such as Medicare.” 

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, NBC News’ Chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd compares President Obama and John Boehner’s attempt at compromise to the hit 90s book “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.”

“You know what last night’s meeting was about? It was about trying to figure out how to negotiate. I mean the most absurd part of this week is that these two guys still don’t know how to talk to each other.”  

CBS News reports just earlier that day Boehner criticized President Obama at a news conference for being unwilling to address what Republicans believe is the real problem — spending.

"It's clear the president is just not serious about cutting spending. But spending is the problem … That's why we don't have an agreement."

National Review’s Jonah Goldberg tells Fox News he believes President Obama isn’t truly looking to reach agreement. Rather, he wants to watch the Republican party go up in flames over the fiscal cliff, and so far it’s working.

“What Boehner should probably do at this point is simply take the middle class tax cuts as permanent — which would be a huge conservative victory — eat it on the raising the top rates, and then live to fight another day.” 

Reuters notes there are only 18 days until the Bush-era tax cuts expire and everyone’s taxes increase. With the deadline so close, most legislators are already making plans to work through the holiday season.  

Obama, Boehner Hold 'Frank' Fiscal Cliff Meeting

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Dec 14, 2012

Obama, Boehner Hold 'Frank' Fiscal Cliff Meeting

 

(Image Source: New York Times)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

With the deadline for the so-called “Fiscal Cliff” drawing ever nearer, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met for an unscheduled meeting Thursday evening, their second meeting this week. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien has more.

“Last night President Obama and John Boehner met at the White House for just under an hour after coordinated press releases, both sides assured the American people that communication lines remain open.”  

According to Bloomberg’s Businessweek, “Obama and Boehner have been stymied in negotiations, with the president and congressional Democrats saying they won’t discuss spending cuts unless Republicans agree to higher tax rates for top earners. [While] Republicans are insisting on reductions to entitlement programs such as Medicare.” 

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, NBC News’ Chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd compares President Obama and John Boehner’s attempt at compromise to the hit 90s book “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.”

“You know what last night’s meeting was about? It was about trying to figure out how to negotiate. I mean the most absurd part of this week is that these two guys still don’t know how to talk to each other.”  

CBS News reports just earlier that day Boehner criticized President Obama at a news conference for being unwilling to address what Republicans believe is the real problem — spending.

"It's clear the president is just not serious about cutting spending. But spending is the problem … That's why we don't have an agreement."

National Review’s Jonah Goldberg tells Fox News he believes President Obama isn’t truly looking to reach agreement. Rather, he wants to watch the Republican party go up in flames over the fiscal cliff, and so far it’s working.

“What Boehner should probably do at this point is simply take the middle class tax cuts as permanent — which would be a huge conservative victory — eat it on the raising the top rates, and then live to fight another day.” 

Reuters notes there are only 18 days until the Bush-era tax cuts expire and everyone’s taxes increase. With the deadline so close, most legislators are already making plans to work through the holiday season.  

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