‘Fiscal cliff’ talks vexing official Washington

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, leaves after a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, following the GOP caucus. Boehner and the other House Republican leaders are calling for Obama to come up with plan they can accept for spending cuts and tax revenue to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax hikes and budget reductions. From left are, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va. and Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Five weeks after President Barack Obama won re-election and gained more leverage to make GOP conservatives bend on taxes, the new balance of power is proving vexing for both sides.




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