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Republicans Counter With $2.2 Trillion Deficit Plan

On Monday, House Speaker John Boehner answered criticisms that Republicans have not proposed a deficit plan to counter the one from President Obama which they find so objectionable. Boehner's plan takes elements from presidential nominee Mitt Romney's proposal. David Welna talks to Melissa Block about the counteroffer.
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Op-Ed: Obama Should Risk Going Off The 'Fiscal Cliff'

Negotiations between the White House and Republican leaders have reached a stalemate over how best to avoid going off the so-called fiscal cliff. Robert Kuttner, founder and co-director of the American Prospect, argues that the president should hold his ground in this debate, even if it means triggering the tax hikes and spending cuts.
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Analysis: Senate To Limit Defense Bill Debate, 2013 Recess Schedule Set

The Senate resumes debate on a defense authorization bill today while the rest of Congress awaits more fiscal cliff negotiations and gets logistics settled for the coming year. 

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Gov. Christie Re-Election Bid In N.J. Heads Up 2013 Election Calendar

Two gubernatorial contests — in New Jersey and Virginia — plus mayoral races in New York and Los Angeles head up the 2013 election calendar. Plus: Time to get rid of the Iowa straw poll? And who will succeed Jesse Jackson Jr.?
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Dallas Residents Weigh In On 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks

The battle over the looming spending cuts and tax increases known as the "fiscal cliff" begins this week where it ended last week — deadlocked. While there is no agreement on how lawmakers should work out the details of a compromise, there is widespread consensus that a deal must get done for the good of the country.
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Pick A Number: Let's Play 'Cap Those Deductions'

Mitt Romney may have lost the election, but the tax policy he floated is sticking with congressional Republicans. Rather than raising rates, the GOP would prefer to shrink or eliminate deductions. So what would that do to the deficit — and to the middle class?

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