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Obama Starts His Second Term By Bringing Tougher Talk

In his first term, President Obama was criticized as caving to Republicans too early, too often. Since his re-election, he has subtly changed his approach. He's bringing a more aggressive style — but some critics say it's not the best way to find common ground.
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Report: Benghazi 'Talking Points' Watered Down By CIA, Not White House

"Officials from a cross-section of agencies" tell The Wall Street Journal that references to al-Qaida were removed to protect sources. Those sources say the White House did not drive that decision. The wording, used by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, has come under criticism.
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White House Rejects GOP's Counteroffer

House Republicans are billing it as a "bold counteroffer." The proposal includes a combination of revenue raising and spending cuts. What it doesn't include is any rise in tax rates.
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Obama Changes Tack With Congressional Republicans

President Obama won re-election four weeks ago, and he's trying out a new leadership style which has him taking a different approach to Congress.
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Obama And Boehner Are Still Far Apart On Fiscal Cliff, But Don't Panic — Yet

Brinkmanship has long been a mainstay in Washington politics, and so it is still. Which is why it might be too early to give up hope that President Obama and congressional Republicans can reach a "fiscal cliff" deal despite how far apart the sides were Monday.
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Montgomery County's Berliner Not Worried About Fiscal Cliff

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner is optimistic his county would be fine if Congress went over the fiscal cliff.

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