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.
"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.
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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